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KropotkinReviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition$
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Ruth Kinna

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748642298

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642298.001.0001

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Introduction to Part 2

Introduction to Part 2

(A Beautiful White Christ) Coming Out of Russia

(p.49) Introduction to Part 2

Ruth Kinna

Edinburgh University Press

Nicholas Walter’s irritation with Wilde’s tribute to Kropotkin stemmed from the symbolism that attached to Kropotkin’s goodness and the purity of his vision. Yet for all its extravagance, Wilde’s phrase is richly suggestive. Woodcock and Avakumović use Wilde’s accolade as a chapter heading, reduced to ‘White Jesus’. Kropotkin’s nobility is trumpeted and the idea of his removal from Russia is subsumed by his virtues. Read differently, Wilde’s handle rightly directs attention to the character of Kropotkin’s politics when he came out of Russia in 1876....

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