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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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The Revolution Will Not Be Historicised

The Revolution Will Not Be Historicised

(p.155) 6 The Revolution Will Not Be Historicised

Ruth Kinna

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Kropotkin's theory of revolution. It argues that his understanding of revolution was consistent and explores this by looking at his essay The Spirit of Revolt. The chapter shows how the ideas expressed here underpinned Kropotkin's approach to political violence and his efforts to build a mass movement. Kropotkin continually reviewed the prospects for revolution and his judgment balanced the rise of militant labour activism against the influence of social democracy, the fracturing of the Second International and the pull of jingoism. Kropotkin remained committed to revolutionary transformation but became concerned that the urban proletariat was becoming increasingly divorced from rural labour struggles and locked into the logic of inter-state competition. This analysis of West European politics explained his decision to support the Entente in 1914, his calls for Russia to continue with war after the revolution and his rejection of Bolshevism.

Keywords:   The Spirit of Revolt, Anarchism and revolution, Anarchism and war, Anarchism and syndicalism, War and revolution, Prefiguration, War and capitalism

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