An exhibition in Moscow: “The History of Anarchism”

Russian anarchist newspapers

The official opening of the exhibition “The History of Anarchism: Sources” will be held April 17 at the Centre for Social-Political History of the GPIB [State Public Historical Library] of Russia. Using the materials on display, it is possible to study the history of anarchism from Godwin, Proudhon and Bakunin up to our own times.

The curators of the project have concentrated on three key moments of this history:

– The history of Russian anarchism: the historical Bakuninism of the 19th century, the rebirth of the movement during the First Russian Revolution, anarchism in the Revolution and Civil War 1917–1921, the Russian anarchist emigration.

– Anarchism as a global movement; its currents and activity in various countries; anarchist anti-militarism; libertarian pedagogy.

– The anarchist movement in contemporary Russia: from perestroika to the present.


Also on display are publications from the collection of anarchist literature of J. Mackay [John Henry Mackay, 1864–1933, Scottish-German individualist anarchist] – one of the first collections acquired by the Marx-Engels Institute in the 1920s.

The exhibition is timed to the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists (KAS) – the first mass organization of anarchists in the era of perestroika.

The curators of the project are: Kirill Buketov, Yuliya Guseva, Vadim Damier, Irina Novichenko, Dmitriy Rublev, Yelena Strukova, Vlad Tupikin.


Photos from the April 17 2015 opening:

Russian anarchist periodicals

Dmitriy Rublev


6 thoughts on “An exhibition in Moscow: “The History of Anarchism”

  1. I can’t resist leaving a bit of family history here: My father was the first American-born child of Russian-Jewish immigrants, who named him after the anarchist Peter Kropotkin, with Kropotkin for his middle name. He spent his life using his middle initial but avoiding, wherever he could, spelling out the middle name.

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      1. Sigh. I’m not sure anyone knew then. Part of his reaction may have been a second-generation, assimilation thing: Here he was dragging around this funny-sounding name that if nothing else demanded explanation. (it regularly sent my brother and me into hysterical laughter, which I suspect didn’t help.) And then came the McCarthy Period…. Still, when I think of his parents celebrating the expansiveness and freedom they must have felt in this new world by naming him that, I can’t help but feel moved.

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