Anarchism/Anti-State

A review of a collection of articles on anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world, 1870-1940

A review of:
Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World (1870-1940): The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social LiberationEdited by Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt; with a Foreword by Benedict Anderson
Abstract: The volume under review is a very informative and, an immenselythought-provoking collection of essays on the history of modern Anarchism andSyndicalism in some areas of Africa, Eurasia, and, Latin America, for the period1870-1940. It contains a Preface, an introductory and a concluding essay, plus tencontributions from twelve contributors. The authors are located in Brazil (2), HongKong, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland and, South Africa (1 each) and, the USA(5). The editors of the volume are from the USA and South Africa. The collectioncontains texts on the history of anarchism and syndicalism, for the period under consideration, in Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Peru,South Africa, the Caribbean and Southern United States and, Ukraine. The historyof emergence and development of modern anarchism and syndicalism over thisvast area in the given period was uneven. The different essays in this volume are of uneven depth, seriousness and, orientation. The responses to each of them in the present review are also uneven.

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