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Memoirs of a Revolutionist

Peter Kropotkin

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Peter Kropotkin was a Russian anarcho-communist and scientist. This is his autobiography, and he writes not only about his own life, but also about 19th century Russian society and politics. He was born into the nobility and had a military education, but he gradually abandoned the values of his social class and became an anti-authoritarian socialist, opposed to both the rule of the Tsars and to the seizing of power by the authoritarian Bolsheviks. He was also interested in literature, biology, economics and geographical exploration. This first volume of his memoirs covers his childhood, his education, and the time he spent in Siberia.

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Kropotkin: geographer, former aristocrat, anarchist revolutionary. This is a fascinating glimpse into Russia before the revolution through his childhood, into the intellectual development of someone seeking to understand their own position and privilege in the world, and their attempts to transfo...more

En çok Kropotkin'in doğayla ilgili düşüncelerinden etkilenmiştim. Hatta bazı şeylerin kafama dank etmesini sağladığı için hayatımı değiştiren kitaplardan biri. Yine de bugüne kadar okuduğumu unutmuş olmam ilginç.
"İnsanın doğanın egemeni değil, onun sınırlı bir parçası olduğunu ve bu sınırlı...more

Memoirs of a Revolutionist is, together with Kropotkin's "Mutual Aid", my favorite book.

(lido em Outeiro da Cabeça, Portugal)

Я все еще не придвинулся ни на шаг к тому, чтобы понять, как по мнению анархистов работяги стран мира будут самоорганизовываться, но зато я понял, что Петр Алексеевич прямо таки солнечный человечек.

Kymmenettä perjettä, alennuslaarista tai kirjaston poisto-/kierrätyshyllystä löytynyt elämäkerta, luin nämä Kropotkinin (tai kuten tässä vanhassa, vuonna 1910 julkaistussa käännöksessa on käytetty, Krapotkinin) muistelmat. Kirjan päätyminen omaan hyllyyni on tarina sinänsä. Porvoon uusi kirjasto avattiin he...more

A fascinating picture of Russia and early socialism. . . . the well-known episodes like the attempt of the Marxists to push the Latin federations out of the IWMA are of course discussed, but more interesting are the now-obscure episodes, the Polish revolt, the women's movement, the Nihilists (not...more

An inspiring book about an inspiring life. A book that leaves you with renewed faith in human nature. He comes across as not only hugely intelligent, dynamic, and principled, but also a lovely, modest person. Be patient with the first chapters which talk about him growing up in a privileged famil...more

First serialized in an American (!) magazine as ‘Autobiography of a Revolutionist’, this account of his life by the anarchist, pacifist and scientist Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) was published in England in 1899. It draws an exquisite depiction of tsarist Russia under the rule of tsar Alexander II...more

A great political autobiography by an anarchist legend--- a Russian aristocrat turned anarchist theoretician whose life is just fascinating: palaces, military service, explorations in Siberia, scientific discoveries, radicalization, imprisonment, exile, escape, scientific and political controvers...more

The Russian nineteenth century I have had down as the most interesting century that ever was. These memoirs are extremely readable. Highlights include his moving pages on the abolition of serfdom; his rather exciting escape from prison; his unstinting admiration for revolutionary women; and a cro...more

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