Mikhail Bakunin

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Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin
Born May 30, 1814(1814-05-30)
Pryamukhino, Russian Empire
Died July 1, 1876(1876-07-01) (aged 62)
Berne, Switzerland
Known for Anarchist Movement

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (18141876) was a famous Russian anarchist. He is known as one of the early fathers of anarchism.

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Mikhail was born in the Russian Empire to a family of Russian nobles, He spent his youth as a junior officer in the Russian army but resigned his commission in 1835. He went to school in Moscow to study philosophy and began to attend radical groups where he was greatly influenced by Alexander Herzen. Bakunin left Russia in 1842 for Dresden, and eventually Paris where he met George Sand, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Karl Marx

He was eventually deported from France for speaking against Russia's oppression of Poland. In 1849 he was apprehended in Dresden for his participation in the Czech rebellion of 1848. He was turned over to Russia where he was imprisoned in Peter-Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg. He remained there until 1857, when he was exiled to a work camp in Siberia.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • God and the State, ISBN 0-486-22483-X
  • Bakunin on anarchism / edited, translated and with an introduction by Sam Dolgoff [1]; preface by Paul Avrich.—New York : Knopf, originally published in 1971 as Bakunin on anarchy. Includes James Guillaume’s Bakunin—A Biographical Sketch.[2]
  • Michael Bakunin: Selected Writings, ed. A. Lehning. New York: Grove Press, 1974
  • Statism and Anarchy, Cambridge University Press 1991
  • No Gods No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism by Daniel Guérin
  • Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume 1: From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE-1939),[3] ed. Robert Graham
  • The Political Philosophy of Bakunin edited by G. P. Maximoff, including "Mikhail Bakunin—a Biographical Sketch" by Max Nettlau
  • The Basic Bakunin: Writings 1869-1871, ed. Robert M. Cutler (New York: Prometheus Books, 1992)
  • Mikhail Bakunin: The Philosophical Basis of his Anarchism, by Paul McLaughlin. New York: Algora Publishing, 2002, Paperback Edition ISBN 1-892941-84-8

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