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  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
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"Unfailingly informative . . . and frequently exciting, Leier's biography reintroduces a fascinating revolutionary, knowledge of whose ideas helps one place such recent phenomena as the World Trade Organization protests in meaningful historical context."-Booklist"The life of Bakunin (18141876), the Russian architect of the anarchist movement, provides a surprisingly enjoyable introduction to the tumult of 19th-century radicalism. . . . [Leier] brings welcome consideration to the real merits of the movement."-Publishers WeeklyThe spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history, as well as the founding of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy based on a critique of wealth and power.Mark Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and his ideas, offering a fresh interpretation of his life and thoughts. Bakunin is an insightful read for all those who wish to better understand the fundamental basis of modern radical movements.Mark Leier received his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992. Currently he is the chair of Simon Fraser University's History Department and lives in North Vancouver. He has written three books on Canadian labor history and is the director of SFU's Centre for Labour Studies.

Author Biography

Mark Leier teaches at Simon Fraser University, where he is the director of the Centre for Labour Studies. He is the author or coauthor of four books on labor history. He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Werewolves, Nobles, and the Idyll of Priamukhinop. 7
War, Slavery, and Servicep. 21
Rules, Rebellion, and Romancep. 43
Shooting Blanksp. 57
The Main Illness of Our Generationp. 77
Contradiction Is the Source of Movementp. 93
The Passion for Destruction Is a Creative Passionp. 105
Gay Parisp. 123
Barricades Piled Up Like Mountainsp. 147
Without Organization, We Will Never Gain Victoryp. 171
Liberty Without Socialism Is Injustice; Socialism Without Liberty Is Slaveryp. 199
The Revolutionary Is a Doomed Manp. 225
Hermaphrodite Man Versus Carbuncle Boy in the First Internationalp. 251
The Only Liberty Deserving of the Namep. 279
We Detest All Powerp. 301
Conclusionp. 325
Bibliographic Guidep. 333
Notesp. 337
Indexp. 357
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