Kropotkin and Revolution

Anarchist Studies - ISSN 2633-8270
Volume 31 Number 2 (2023)

Kropotkin and Revolution
Zoe Baker pages 96-115
DOI: 10.3898/AS.31.2.05


Anarchists, and Kropotkin in particular, are often depicted as optimists who lack a realistic view of how to achieve fundamental social change. This article counters this narrative by reconstructing Kropotkin’s views on revolution and the arguments he used to justify it. In particular, I demonstrate that Kropotkin developed complex theories about how revolutions arise, what form a revolution must take in order to succeed, and how anarchists should act to achieve their goals. Kropotkin did not ignore or downplay the difficulties that any revolution would encounter. Instead, he considered the potential obstacles and developed coherent arguments for why the methods of anarchism were best suited to overcome them.

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To cite this article
Zoe Baker (2023) Kropotkin and Revolution, Anarchist Studies, 31(2), 96-115.

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