Anarchist-Geographer: an Introduction to the Life of Peter Kropotkin,
by Brian Morris, Professor Emeritus at Goldsmith’s College London.
THE ANARCHIST GEOGRAPHER – AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE OF PETER
ISBN 978-0-9549043-3-3. 6 x 9 paperback, June 2007
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Prince Peter (Pyotr Alexeivich) Kropotkin was born into the wealthy
Russian aristocracy in 1842, but chose to identify himself with the suffering
of the workers and peasants. He became a convinced anarchist, opposed
to the power of the state, after witnessing the brutality of the Tsarist
regime. Imprisoned twice, he spent most of his life in exile. In his writings
and speeches, he strove to bring about revolution by the Russian people
themselves, hoping that local peasant communes would govern themselves
in Russia. The arrival of Bolshevism dashed these hopes, but Kropotkin’s
ideas were influential, inside and outside Russia.
A geographer by profession, Kropotkin was also a forerunner of today’s
ecologists with his love and understanding of nature. He was one of the
first to challenge Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest
in evolution, suggesting instead in his influential Mutual Aid (London,
1902) that human beings and other creatures also co-operate to survive.
The author, Brian Morris, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths
College, London, has written books and articles on a wide range of issues
and topics in the fields of ecology, botany, philosophy, history, religion
and anthropology. His titles include Western Conceptions of the Individual
(Berg, 1991), The Anthropology of the Self (Pluto Press,
1994), Religion and Anthropology (Cambridge University Press,
2006) and a full-length book about Peter Kropotkin: Kropotkin –
the Politics of Community (Humanity Press, 2004)
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