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KINNA, Ruth. "Kropotkin’s Theory of Mutual Aid in Historical Context’
Article published on 24 February 2008

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International Review of Social History (Aug 95) Vol. 40 Issue 2, p. 259, 25p.

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This paper examines the relationship between science and anarchism in Kropotkin’s theory of mutual aid and analyses it in thel ight of his concerns about the rise of social democracy and individualism. Tracing the development of the theory from the 1890s to Kropotkin’s death in 1921, it affirms the centrality of mutual aid in his work but argues, contrary to existing readings, that the theory can be seen as an attempt to inspire the revival of the anarchist movement. It concludes that there is an unresolved tension in Kropotkin’s work arising from the imbalance between the idea of a "natural anarchist tendency" and anarchist propaganda.


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