History

The CNT in the Spanish revolution, volume 2

Second volume of José Peirats' extensive work on the Spanish anarchist union the CNT, which in this volume focuses on the battles raging at both the front and rear guards. Additionally, a biographical chapter, "The Life and Struggles of José Peirats" gives a great deal of insight into this CNT fighter and historian.

The forgotten martyrs of Orangeburg - Monica Moorehead

Two of the black students killed by police

A short account of the police massacre of three black students demonstrating against a segregated bowling alley in South Carolina in 1968.

The revolutionary message of the Friends of Durruti.

George Fontenis' analysis of the Friends of Durruti from a pamphlet translated by the Workers' Solidarity Movement.

Fragments: a memoir - Sam Dolgoff

Sam Dolgoff

A 1986 memoir by Russian-born American anarcho-syndicalist Sam Dolgoff (1902-1990) with lots of interesting information about the anarchist movement in the US and New York in particular in the 20th century.

Rybin, Peter, 1885-1921

Peter is second from left, pictured in November 1920

Historical information about Peter Rybin, a Russian anarcho-syndicalist who joined the revolutionary Ukrainian Makhnovist army and was also active in the US, gleaned largely from his Soviet secret police file and focusing on his final months before he was sadly executed.

Mass strikes in Guyana, 1917

Indentured labourers from Southeast Asia in the Caribbean

A short article about the mass strikes of workers in Guyana during World War I. Dockworkers walked out for pay increases amid wartime inflation, sparking nationwide strike action which won big improvements in pay and conditions.

The war in Spain exposes anarchism’s fatal flaws. Part two: Dissident voices within the anarchist movement

The second part of the article on anarchism in Spain in the 1930s, the most recent addition to the long-running series ‘Communism is not just a nice idea’ by the left communist International Communist Current. The first part can be found here: libcom http://libcom.org/history/1936-37-war-spain-exposes-anarchisms-fatal-flaws

Agha, Shaikh and State - The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan [1992] Martin van Bruinessen

"This authoritative study of the Kurdish people provides a deep and varied insight into one of the largest primarily tribal communities in the world. It covers the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the great Kurdish revolt against republican Turkey, the birth of Kurdish nationalism and the situation of the Kurdish people in Iraq, Turkey and Iran today. Van Bruinessen's work is already recognized as a key contribution to this subject. Tribe by tribe, he accounts for the evolution of power within Kurdish religious and other lineages, and shows how relations with the state have played a key constitutive role in the development of tribal structures. Essential to any Middle East collection." amazon

The Kurdish Question: Through the lens of Anarchist Resistance in the Heart of the Ottoman Empire 1880-1923 - Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt

"This study of recent anti-imperialist resistance in Kurdistan, looking back to the anarchist resistance in the Ottoman heartland in the period before the formation of the Turkish state, consists of extracts — kindly proof-read in part by Will Firth — from the forthcoming book by Schmidt & van der Walt, Global Fire: 150 Fighting Years of International Anarchism & Syndicalism, Counter-power Vol.2, AK Press, USA, scheduled for release in about 2011." [retrieved from theanarchistlibrary.org]

The two anarchisms - legalism and illegalism in the libertarian movement in late nineteenth century Spain - Miguel Amorós

A review of the vicissitudes of Spanish anarchism between 1873 and 1897, with special emphasis on the anti-organizational, terrorist (“propaganda of the deed”), and individualist currents within the libertarian movement, and their disastrous consequences for the development of anarchism in Spain.