The Conquest of Bread () by Peter Kropotkin · Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikipedia article, Commons category, Wikidata item. G. P. Putnam’s Sons. The fourth in AK Press’ Working Classics series, The Conquest of Bread is Peter Kropotkin’s most extensive study of human needs and his outline of the most. Cambridge Core – European Studies – Kropotkin: ‘The Conquest of Bread’ and Other Writings – edited by Marshall S. Shatz.

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Peter Kropotkin — rejected his aristocratic birthright and the inequalities of Russian society to pursue a philosophy of nonviolent anarchism based on mutual aid.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Born a Russian prince, Peter Kropotkin — rejected his title and wealth to spend his life in pursuit of social justice and equality.

His last major work, The Conquest of Bread, surveys economic methods for the satisfaction of human needs. Kropotkin criticizes the effects of conquesg and capitalism, noting that both systems exacerbate poverty and promote privilege, even in times of abundance.

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Citing the human propensity toward voluntary cooperation, he proposes the establishment of free, self-sufficient anarchic communesand outlines practical considerations of production and distribution.

The author supports his theories with examples from the French rebellions of, andand his reasoning anticipates aspects of twentieth-century revolutions in Russia, Germany, and Spain. At a time when many thinkers employed the new Darwinian concept of “survival of off fittest” to justify their capitalist and imperialist goals, Kropotkin pointed out the historic patterns of humanity’s best success under cooperative teh. A century later, his economic analysis remains fresh and relevant.

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A Factor in Evolution. Anarchism and Other Essays. Theory and Practice Working Classics. The Human Condition, 2nd Edition. About the Author Peter Kropotkin — rejected his aristocratic birthright and the inequalities of Russian society to pursue a philosophy of nonviolent anarchism based on mutual aid. Dover Publications; Reprint edition October 20, Language: Start reading The Conquest of Bread on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle?

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Showing of 57 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please conqufst again later. Evolution based on mutual aid, instead of competition. Don’t call yourself an anarchist Marxist or far left libertarian until you read this.

Great read for anyone into political science. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Great book Send it to all your Republican friends. Liberals I’m is not enough.

Our whole scarcity mentality is what keeps us rats running on the wheel. His confidence that rich people will not mind sharing their big houses is dumb but there at is right on the money. Kropotkin made some very excellent observations in his criticism of the state and capitalism and ordered an excellent point for organizing society into a stateless, classless civilization.

My only issue was that there were a few typos so I brought another publication of the book for a few dollars more from another seller. For the price though, it is a good book. I would definitely recommend fixing the typos. If not for that, I would have given it 5 stars. Well, technically it is an anarchist-communist classic, as Peter Petr Kropotkin is considered an ideological founder of communist anarchism.

But I find this work a bit dry, perhaps outdated. Some of his other books, essays and articles are more interesting, shorter and still very relevant I’ve finally gotten around to reading this after years of putting it off. I guess I’ve become one of those “idlers” Kropotkin spoke of. This book was certainly enlightening, and I would consider myself already a subscriber to anarchist ideology.


For those that don’t I would recommend starting with “Markets, Not Capitalism” put out by Center For a Stateless Society C4SS to get a better grasp and shed some light on the pro-capitalist propaganda we’ve all been raised with and had reinforced into us by society. Fascinating analysis given when it was written. Particularly relevant today; autonomous collectives offer a better option for humanity than exploitation and alienation.

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The text is really small and breda seems like the print job on this wasn’t great. That being said, this is a classic book in anarchist thinking and it should be read by anyone attempting to understand early anarchist thought before diving into the more modern anarchist thinkers like Bookchin or Chomsky. See all 57 reviews.

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