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Maximoff’s The Guillotine at Work is an essential source for looking at the history of the Russian anarchist movement after 1917. It was originally published by the The Chicago section of the Alexander Berkman Fund in 1940. The first half, which comprises the argument against Leninism, was reprinted by Cienfuegos Press (1979). Now a PDF of the second part of the book (documents about the repression of the anarchist movement) is freely available at libcom.org. You can get this essential primary source on Russian anarchism at: http://libcom.org/library/guillotine-work-part-2-data-documents
Read it and remember!
“Ready for Revolution” studies the origins and achievements of the
anarchist Defence Committees who formed the backbone of resistance to
the military coup of July 1936. After that, they reorganised life in the
working class districts of Barcelona. “Ready for Revolution” also looks
at how the revolutionaries were defeated, and the consequences.
It will make essential reading for those interested in Spanish anarchism, in the Spanish Civil War, or in anarchist ideas in practice.
Agustín Guillamón is an independent historian, editor of “Balance”, a magazine dedicated to new research on the Spanish Revolution, and the author of “The Friends of Durruti Group, 1937–1939” and “The Committees Revolution”.
“Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees
in Barcelona, 1933-1938” by Agustin Guillamon, translated by Paul
Sharkey, published by AK Press and the Kate Sharpley Library.
Copies available in the USA. $14.95
Due to be published in the UK: 3rd April 2014. £10.95
Read the Kate Sharpley Library’s introduction to “Ready for revolution”:
Read “The CNT defense committees in Barcelona 1933–1938: An interview with Agustín Guillamón”:
KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 77, January/February 2014 has just been posted on the site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1zcsgp or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/z08n8s
This issue contains:
Florentine Lombard : a Kent anarchist and volunteer nurse during the Naples cholera epidemic of 1884. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8kpstt
Library News: Ready for Revolution Published http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/b8gvp7
El Combate, October 1955 [front page only] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8sf8pr
2014 Bottled Wasp pocket diary http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n02wkc
Wealth of negations, Terms and conditions: Management edition. (Selected highlights) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/d51db7
Anarchism and Worker's Self Management in Revolutionary Spain By Frank Mintz [Book Review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/w6mbmn
The Floodgates of Anarchy by Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer : some thoughts http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/c8680n
Pano Vassilev's 'The Soviets idea' - call for help http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/g4f60x
Review: The Albert memorial: the anarchist life and times of Albert Meltzer (1920-1996) an appreciation by Phil Ruff http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/zgmtxr
Ghost dancers: the miners' last generation by David John Douglass [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v6wz71