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by Peter Kropotkin

ISBN: 116342403X
ISBN13: 978-1163424032
Language: English
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
Pages: 544
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Memoirs of a Revolutionist is Peter Kropotkin's autobiography and his most famous work. Kropotkin's Memoirs address the arc of his life, the development of his anarchist philosophy, and his activism for socialist causes.

Memoirs of a Revolutionist is Peter Kropotkin's autobiography and his most famous work. It covers his childhood, cadet corps schooling, geographical work, political awakening, international travel, and Chaykovsky Circle work.

All in all Kropotkin strikes me as having belonged to the early generation of revolutionaries - idealists who regarded their ideals as mere common sense, who had not yet appreciated what a bitter and protracted struggle they had on their hands, and who were pleased to imagine that a popular uprising could be expected any day.

Memoirs of a Revolutionist: The Autobiography of Peter Kropotkin. All in all Kropotkin strikes me as having belonged to the early generation of revolutionaries - idealists who regarded their ideals as mere common sense, who had not yet appreciated what a bitter and protracted struggle they had on their hands, and who were pleased to imagine that a popular uprising could be expected any day. In Germany, France, and Italy revolutionary zeal would be tamed considerably by the incorporation of the socialist program into legalized and respectable political parties.

Peter Kropotkin was a Russian anarcho-communist and scientist. This is his autobiography, and he writes not only about his own life, but also about 19th century Russian society and politics

Peter Kropotkin was a Russian anarcho-communist and scientist. This is his autobiography, and he writes not only about his own life, but also about 19th century Russian society and politics. He was born into the nobility and had a military education, but he gradually abandoned the values of his social class and became an anti-authoritarian socialist, opposed to both the rule of the Tsars and to the seizing of power by the authoritarian Bolsheviks. He was also interested in literature, biology, economics and geographical exploration

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Memoirs of a Revolutionist. Born into a wealthy family of landowners, Prince Peter Alexeivich Kropotkin (1842–1921) served in the court of the Tsar and held prestigious diplomatic posts. But the prince renounced his life of privilege to embrace nonviolent anarchism, a revolutionary alternative to Marxism. A leading theoretician of his day, Kropotkin wrote the basic books in the library of anarchism, prepared countless pamphlets and speeches, and worked tirelessly to subvert the class structure and promote a philosophy of collective action. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher.

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Preparing it now for publication in book form, I have added considerably to the original text in the parts dealing with my youth and my stay in Siberia, and especially in the Sixth Part, in which I have told the story of my life in Western Europe.

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
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Lemana
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Braswyn
For people who are interested in studying a specific period in depth, and who have already read a few general histories of it, biographies are a logical step. Whereas the former gives a birds eye view of the subject, the latter gives a ground-level view - less impressive perhaps in total area covered, but filled with detail and nuance that might otherwise be missed. The impression that they produce is more likely to stick with the reader over the long term - and with it, the basic facts of the period. Autobiographies have the additional benefit of allowing the reader a more intimate familiarity with a person about whom they may have read in another context. What they lack in impartiality, they make up for in immediacy.

The basic facts of Kropotkin's life are easily accessible elsewhere, so I won't recapitulate them here. Suffice it to say he was born into a life of privilege, which he rejected in order to pursue what he regarded as a higher calling. The first volume discusses his childhood in St. Petersburg, his youth in Siberia, and his eventual imprisonment for political activities. The second describes his geographic work, his escape from prison, and his adventures in the political underground of Europe, from about 1870-1900. The second volume is far less concerned with narrating facts than the first - whereas, in the first volume, seemingly trivial incidents were retold in lavish detail, in the second he frequently neglects to mention what city he is living in, how he is getting his money, and other basic facts which, presumably, readers of a biography would be interested to know. About 1/3 of the way through he casually mentions that he has acquired a wife, who is never named, but who was apparently an active companion in his revolutionary labors.

The general impression that one gets from this volume is of a kindly, intelligent, generous man, filled with enthusiasm for a new age which, he is sure, is just about to dawn. No doubt generalizing from his experience of Czarist government, where the description probably contains a great deal of justice, he regards the defenders of aristocracy and bourgeois republicanism alike as corrupt, incompetent, and simply backward men, clinging to tradition out of sheer stubbornness. The superiority of scientific socialism is for him a given, requiring no explanation or apology.

Beneath ideology, one gets the impression that Kropotkin's real complaint against Czarist Russia - the context in which his character and basic political ideas were formed - is the ridigidy of its ideas and the brutality of their enforcement. The way he tells it, it was simply not possible for a good idea to get a hearing in Alexander II's Russia - all power was reserved to a tiny clique of aristocrats who hovered around the Czar, and who competed to influence him. For anyone outside that circle to display the slightest inclination toward independent thought, let alone personal initiative, was to invite the unkind attention of the authorities. Having grown up in this circle himself, Kropotkin is under no illusion as to their real character and abilities - he thinks they are, at best, close-minded old fuddy-duddies, and at worst a pack of brutal and corrupt tyrants. His account of his time in Russia is littered with examples of both, and he appears to have been genuinely moved by the plight of the ordinary people, who had no way to seek redress for their grievances under the Czarist system. These were the ideas he carried with him into Europe, and which shaped his basic outlook on the governments he found there. In practice they were, of course, considerably more tolerant and forward-thinking than Czarist Russia, but he does not seem to have noticed it.

There is no trace of bitterness or personal enmity in this book - despite his frequent imprisonment at the hands of the authorities, for no crime other than what we, in the United States, would regard as the exercise of our 1st amendment rights. But perhaps he is leaving some of his shadier activities out of the narrative, and if the authorities could tell their side of the story perhaps we would be in the possession of a very different set of facts. Nevertheless, he undoubtedly regarded himself as an enemy of the state, and was so regarded by the authorities, so the lack of personal enmity is remarkable. On the contrary, this book is filled with the praise of friends, family, and fellow revolutionaries. He even has kind words for the Czar Alexander II, whom he regarded as a basically well-meaning but weak-willed man, forever being mislead by crafty and devious advisers.

His descriptions of prison life, and of bizarre misadventures involving police spies, are the things I found mostly valuable in this book. It gives the reader a real sense of time and place, and one gets a definite sense of just how widespread socialist ideas were at that time, and just how much people were ready to sacrifice on their behalf. It also gives further evidence of the prestige and power of a then-current ideology, which might be labelled "scientism." Kropotkin is proud of his standing as a scientist, and he devotes considerable space to his geographical activities. This is not simply because he regards these as a professional accomplishment, or because it was an important part of his life - it is also because he senses that his activities as a scientist will lend an air of legitimacy to his political ideas, which he regards as resting on the same solid ground as his geographical activities. Or, in other words, he shares with Marx and many other socialists of his time the conviction that socialism is scientific, and that socialist ideas - or, as he refers to them "advanced opinions" occupy a special pride of place in the intellectual life of Europe at the time. To be a socialist is, for Kropotkin, to be a clear thinker - to be anything other than a socialist is to be unscientific, illogical, unreasonable. He doesn't exactly say all of this in his memoir - that would have been too direct - but he assumes it on every page. Careful readers of this text will be able to infer much that he does not openly declare.

All in all Kropotkin strikes me as having belonged to the early generation of revolutionaries - idealists who regarded their ideals as mere common sense, who had not yet appreciated what a bitter and protracted struggle they had on their hands, and who were pleased to imagine that a popular uprising could be expected any day. In Germany, France, and Italy revolutionary zeal would be tamed considerably by the incorporation of the socialist program into legalized and respectable political parties. People who wanted an armed revolution were not so much suppressed, as they were rendered politically irrelevant by government concessions to the common people. Russian politics was to take a very different course, with what results everyone knows. It is ironic, however, that our perception of socialism is so heavily influenced by the disastrous Russian experiment, when, as a matter of history, the Russian socialists were neither representative nor particularly numerous when compared to their European colleagues. Memoirs of a revolutionist is useful as a corrective to that kind of thinking.

Golden freddi
This intelligent and kind man all too often falls through the cracks of history. People forget that there was a completely different school of socialist thought that existed concurrently with the ideas of Marx. Kropotkin, like many others who believed in the ability of people to make their own economic relations, had the distinction of being persecuted by people on both sides of the political spectrum. Yet his book is remarkable for its lack of self-pity or resentment. The book is dense and full of the musings of a highly educated man of the late 19th century who indulged many other interests besides politics. His journey is remarkable, and we can only hope that he will become better known.

Ranenast
This is a book of great moral, historical and human importance. It is at once fascinating, revealing, exciting, informative and rare. I don't hesitate to give this 6 stars out of 5.

Pringles
This work by Peter Kropotkin's is, I say this without reservations, a work of genius and an amazing reflection on the life of an amazing man. Kropotkin's stories of his childhood and his relations with his servants and other lower-calss individuals (he was born a prince) are very interesting, as are his tales of exploration. His version of anarcho-socialism is very intriguing, largely because he bears no hate or grudge towards anyone and he is a very gentle man. In his book, it becomes clear (without him saying it, of course) that he did not recognize just how unique of a man he was. This book is filled with marvelous anecdotes, from cutting political commentary to fascinating stories of journeys down the Amur River to a splendid little collection of stupid Russian Spy stories. This book is fantastic.

Vojar
Most enlightening!

Qiahmagha
Boring! I am an eclectic and voracious reader. I would rather read than eat or sleep (and often do) - particularly about revolutionary and guerrilla warfare which I have studied for over 30 years. This autobiography is as boring as the glorification of Che’s Motorcycle Diaries
I read it to find the moment of his conversion from spoiled child of aristocrat parents to Socialist. It was anti-climactic. Same old story of pampered angst against the system looking for self validation - much like the American radicals of the ‘60s.

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