Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall

Published by HarperCollins, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with the expected associated abrasion to the dust wrapper, nicked at the top corners and rubbed more heavily at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Text complete, clean and tight.

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From the cover: For many, the word anarchy conjures up apocalyptic visions of marauding hordes of coarse, unwashed youths bearing down on all that is noble and good to them anarchy means chaos, the collapse of civilization. Such fears are born of the many myths that surround anarchism, myths so tenacious they have suffocated almost all serious analysis of anarchism as a social philosophy, myths exploded in Demanding the Impossible.

What then do anarchists stand for? Above all, they refuse to submit to any imposed authority; they demand the right to think and act as they wish; they seek to create a society shorn of the dual burden of government and State. Against hierarchy and domination, anarchists advocate tolerance, participation and mutual aid; for them, anarchy is order.

In this illuminating and highly readable history, Peter Marshall uncovers the lost legacy of anarchism, reassessing its great theorists Godwin, Stirner, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta, Tolstoy as well as exploring the libertarian tendencies in thinkers as diverse as Rousseau and the Ranters, de Sade and the Situationists, Wilde and Camus, Nietzsche and Chomsky. Evocatively, he recounts unsung tales of anarchism in action around the world.

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