Anarchist Studies Network

A PSA Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism.


ASN members secure £250k research grant from the ESRC. See here

Rowman & Littlefield Int publish two book series by ASN members Saul Newman and Ruth Kinna

The French Movement

Berry, David (2002). A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917-1945. Westport, Conn. and London: Greenwood Press.

Colson, Daniel (1986). Anarcho-syndicalisme et communisme, St-Etienne, 1920-25. St-Etienne: Université de St-Etienne.

Feeley, Francis McCollum (1991). The French Anarchist Labor Movement and "La Vie Ouvrière", 1909-1914. New York: Peter Lang.

- - - (1989). Rebels With Causes: A Study of Revolutionary Syndicalist Culture Among the French Primary School Teachers between 1880 and 1919. New York: Peter Lang.

Gambone, Larry (1995). Revolution & Reformism: The Split between "Moderates" and "Revolutionaries" in French Anarcho-Syndicalism. Montréal: Red Lion Press.

Maitron, Jean (1975). Histoire du mouvement anarchiste en France. 2 vols. Paris: Maspero.

Mitchell, Barbara (1987). The Practical Revolutionaries: A New Interpretation of the French Anarchosyndicalists. New York: Greenwood Press.

Skirda, Alexandre (2002). Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organization from Proudhon to May 1968. Trans. Paul Sharkey. Edinburgh: AK Press.

Vandervort, Bruce (1996). Victor Griffuelhes and French Syndicalism, 1895-1922. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

The British Movement

Quail, John (1978). The Slow Burning Fuse: The Lost History of the British Anarchists. London: Paladin. <--Some chapters available here.

The American Movement

Dubofsky, Melvyn (1969). We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World. Chicago: Quadrangle Books.

Renshaw, Patrick (1967). The Wobblies: The Story of Syndicalism in the United States. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Salerno, Salvatore (1989). Red November, Black November: Culture and Community in the Industrial Workers of the World. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Topp, Michael Miller (2001). Those Without a Country: The Political Culture of Italian American Syndicalists. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

The Movement in South Africa

van der Walt, Lucien (2004). "Bakunin's Heirs In South Africa: Race and Revolutionary Syndicalism From the IWW to the International Socialist League, 1910-21." Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies 31.1: 67-89.

- - - (1999). "'The Industrial Union is the Embryo of the Socialist Commonwealth': The International Socialist League and Revolutionary Syndicalism in South Africa, 1915-1919." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 19.1: ??-??.

- - - (2003). "Inter-Racial Workers' Solidarity in South Africa." The Journal of African History 44.1: 145-194.

- - - (2002). "Pour une Histoire de l'Anti-impérialisme Anarchiste: dans cette lutte, seuls les ouvriers et les paysans iront jusqu' au bout." Réfractions 8: ??-??.

- - - (2004). "'Sifuna Zonke!' ('Nous voulons tout!'): une histoire de syndicalisme révolutionnaire en Afrique du Sud." Afrique 21.3: ??-??.

Global/Transnational Movements

Gabaccia, Donna R., and Fraser M. Ottanelli (2001). Italian Workers of the World: Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

van der Walt, Lucien, and Michael Schmidt (2007). Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism. Volume 1 of Counter Power: New Perspectives on Global Anarchism and Syndicalism. Edinburgh: AK Press. <--Publisher's blurb: "Black Flame is the first of two volumes that reexamine anarchism’s democratic class politics, its vision of a decentralized planned economy, and its impact on popular struggles in five continents over the last 150 years. From the nineteenth century to today’s anticapitalist movements, it traces anarchism’s lineage and contemporary relevance. It outlines anarchism’s insights into questions of race, gender, class, and imperialism, significantly reframing the work of previous historians on the subject, and critiquing Marxist approaches to those same questions."

- - - (2008). Global Fire: 150 Fighting Years of International Anarchism and Syndicalism. Volume 2 of Counter Power: New Perspectives on Global Anarchism and Syndicalism. Edinburgh: AK Press. <--Publisher's blurb: "This is the second of two volumes reexamining the history of anarchism in both theory and practice. Focusing on anarchism’s global impact —- on five continents over 150 years —- this is the most complete and detailed scholarly book on the topic."