Anarchists and the city: Governance, revolution and the imagination

Levy, Carl. 2018. Anarchists and the city: Governance, revolution and the imagination. In: Federico Ferretti; Geronimo Barrera de la Torre; Anthony Ince and Francisco Toro, eds. Historical Geographies of Anarchism. Early Critical Geographers and Present-Day Scientifc Challenges. London: Routledge, pp. 7-24. ISBN 978-1-138-23424-6 [Book Section]

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This chapter presents a synoptic overview of the uses of the city in the anarchists' programmes, tactics, strategies and visions. Before there was a movement of self-declared anarchists, the first 'anarchists' were called Mutualists, Federalists and Internationalists. The Commune of Paris of 1871 lasted just 72 days but it became the focus for the imaginations of Karl Marx, Michael Bakunin, Vladimir Lenin, William Morris, Pëtr Kropotkin, Louise Michel and Élisée Reclus. The chapter focuses on the classical anarchism and the Global South. From the 1880s to the present, the artists, the art market, the anarchist and the urban bohemia have been complex constant features of the city. Just as the Paris Commune of 1871 loomed large in the memories and imaginations of Marxists and Socialists in the half century after its bloody suppression, so too have the multiple images of Red and Black Barcelona generated heat and some light within the Left and the ex-Left ever since.

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