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MAKHNO, Nestor Ivanovic (1889-1934). A Bibliography

Thursday 10 June 2004, by ps

Nestor Makhno in 1909
Nestor Makhno in 1921

Works by Makhno

- History of the Makhnovist movement, 1918-1921. Preface by Voline. (Translated by Lorraine and Fredy Perlman.) Detroit: Black & Red; Chicago: Solidarity, 1974. pp. 284; illus., port. 23 cm.

- (Memoirs)Vospominaniia / Nestor Makhno ; [pod redaktsiei S.S. Volka ; kommentarii S.S. Volka i I.A. TSyganova].. 1992. Moskva : Izd-vo "Respublika", 1992. 333 p. 3 vol. in 1. 22 cm.

- My visit to the Kremlin / by Nestor Makhno. London : Kate Sharpley Library, 1993. 37 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN : 1873605358 (pbk)

Originally published: Edmonton : Black Cat, 1979.

- Russkaia Revoliutsiia na Ukraine. Parizh, Biblioteka Makhnovtsev,Federatsiia anarkho-kommunisticheskikh grupp Severnoi Ameriki i Kanady, 1929-1937. 3 v. in 2 : 2 ports. ; 20 cm

- The Struggle Against the State and other Essays. Edited by Alexandre Sirda, translated by Paul Sharkey. San Francisco, CA : AK Press, 1995. 114 p. ; 22 cm. Bibliographical references. ISBN : 1873176783 (pbk.)

Translation of: Lutte contre l’Etat et autres écrits

- The ABC of Revolutionary Anarchism.

Works about Makhno

- Arshinov, Peter. History of the Macknovist Movement.

- Footman, David. Civil War in Russia.

- Malet, Michael. Nestor Makhno in the Russian civil war.
London. Macmillan. 1982. xxvii, 232 p. 1 map. 23cm. Index, bibl. ISBN: 0333259696

- Skirda, Alexandre. Nestor Makhno: Anarchy’s Cossack. The Struggle for Free Soviets in the Ukraine, 1917-1921. Cover illustration by Flavio Costantini. Translation by Paul Sharkey.Published by AK Press, PO Box 12766, Edinburgh, EH8
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and Kate Sharpley Library, BM Hurricane, London, WC1N 3XX. 2004. xi, 414 p. Illustrated. ISBN 1-902593-68-5 paperback

"The phenomenal life of Ukrainian peasant Nestor Makhno (1888-1934) provides the framework for this breakneck account of the downfall of the tsarist empire and the civil war that convulsed and bloodied Russia between 1917 and 1921.

As in the days of history’s great chivalric tales, crucial 20th century clashes were fought through stunning cavalry charges and bitter hand-to-hand, saber-wielding combat. Combatants were drawn from several camps: Budyenny’s Red cavalry, the Don Cossacks and Kuban Cossacks (allied with the Whites), Ukrainian nationalists and Makhnovist partisans. Makhno, a formidable strategist characterized by exceptional daring, headed an army of anarchist insurgents – a popular peasant movement which bore his name.

Makhno and his people were fighting for a society "without masters or slaves, with neither rich nor poor." They acted towards that ideal by establishing "free soviets." Unlike the soviets drained of all significance by the dictatorship of a one-party State, the "free soviets" became the grassroots organs of a direct democracy ˆ a living embodiment of the free society– until they were betrayed, and smashed, by the Red Army.

Delving into a vast array of documentation to which few other historians have had access, this study illuminates a revolution that started out with the rosiest of prospects but ended up utterly confounded. Nestor Makhno: Anarchy’s Cossack brings to life this dramatic turning point in contemporary history.

More than just the incredible exploits of a guerilla revolutionary par excellence, Skirda weaves the tale of a people, and the organizations and practices of anarchism, literally fighting for their lives."

- Palij, Michael. The Anarchism of Nestor Makhno, 1918-1921. An aspect of the Ukrainian Revolution. Seattle. London. University of Washington Press (University of Washington. Institute for Comparative and Foreign Area Studies. no.7. Series: Publications on Russia and Eastern Europe), 1976. xiii,428p. 1 map(on lining paper), ports. 24cm

- Pipes, Richard. (1994). Russia under the Bolshevik Regime 1919-1924.