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SHUB, David.- Kropotkin and Lenin
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Russian Review, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Oct., 1953), pp. 227-234


IN the first years after the Bolshevik coup d’etat, many Americans, and a few Europeans as well, confused Bolshevism with anarchism. It is an indisputable fact, however, that the greatest of all the anarchists-Peter Kropotkin-opposed Lenin from the start and considered the Bolshevik ideology more hostile to anarchism than so-called "bourgeois liberalism." Nothing more dramatically illustrates this basic hostility than the relations between Kropotkin and Lenin during the first years of the Revolution. In the meeting and correspondence between these two men, the details of which have only recently become clear, may be viewed the monumental divergence

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