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Author Leier, James Mark.

Title Bakunin : the creative passion / Mark Leier.

Published New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  355.83092 BAKU/ LEIE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiv, 350 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-332) and index.
Contents 1 Werewolves, Nobles, and the Idyll of Priamukhino 1 -- 2 War, Slavery, and Service 15 -- 3 Rules, Rebellion, and Romance 35 -- 4 Shooting Blanks 49 -- 5 Main Illness of Our Generation 67 -- 6 Contradiction Is the Source of Movement 83 -- 7 Passion for Destruction Is a Creative Passion 93 -- 8 Gay Paris 109 -- 9 Barricades Piled Up Like Mountains 131 -- 10 Without Organization, We Will Never Gain Victory 153 -- 11 Liberty Without Socialism Is Injustice; Socialism Without Liberty Is Slavery 177 -- 12 Revolutionary Is a Doomed Man 201 -- 13 Hermaphrodite Man Versus Carbuncle Boy in the First International 225 -- 14 Only Liberty Deserving of the Name 251 -- 15 We Detest All Power 271.
Summary "To understand anarchism, it is necessary to go beyond the caricature presented by the media. In this new biography of Michael Bakunin, Mark Leier traces the life and ideas of anarchism's first major thinker, and reveals the origins of the movement." "There was little in Bakunin's background to suggest that he would grow up to be anything other than a loyal subject of the Russian Empire. Instead, he became one the most notorious radicals of the nineteenth century, devoting his life to the destruction of the tsar and feudalism, capitalism, the state, even God. In the process, he became a historical actor and political thinker whose ideas continue to influence world events." "Bakunin is of keen interest these days, though the attention paid to his image continues to obscure the man and his ideas. Using archival sources and the most recent scholarship, Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and his ideas, offering a flesh interpretation of Bakunin's life and thoughts of use to those interested in understanding anarchism and social change. Arguing for the relevance and importance of anarchism to our present world, Leier sheds light on the nineteenth century, as well as on today's headlines, as he examines a political philosophy that has inspired mass movements and contemporary social critics." "Mark Leier shows that the "passion for destruction" is a call to build a new world free of oppression, not a cult of violence. He argues that anarchism is a philosophy of morality and solidarity, based not on wishful thinking or naive beliefs about the goodness of humanity but on a practical, radical critique of wealth and power. By studying Bakunin, we can learn a great deal about our own time and begin to recover a world of possibility and promise. It is often said that we are all anarchists at heart. This book explains why."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Bakunin, Mikhail Aleksandrovich, 1814-1876.
Anarchists -- Russia -- Biography.
Anarchism -- Russia -- History.
Standard Number 9780312305383
ISBN 0312305389