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Vol. 1 - No. 2
Fall 1997


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African Anarchism: The History of a Movement

See Sharp Press has just released African Anarchism: The History of a Movement. This long awaited work by Sam Mbah and I.E. Igariwey makes a significant contribution to anarchist as well as African history. The authors explain their intentions as follows:

African Anarchism: the History of a Movement"Though not abundant anywhere, anarchist literature is especially scarce in Africa. This fact, in part, explains why anarchist ideas are not spreading as fast as they should in Africa and elsewhere, in spite of the crisis of state socialism.

"Anarchist development has also been retarded for decades for other reasons, including the theoretical weakness of anarchism. However historically correct anarchist positions might be, without a rigorous theoretical foundation, most workers, peasants and other potential anarchists will remain indifferent to the philosophy. [...]

"It is against this background that we, members of the Awareness League, have elected to trace the relationship between Africa and anarchism. In doing so, we are impelled by a two-fold sense of historical responsibility: to enrich anarchism and anarchist principles with an African perspective, and to carve out a place for Africa within the framework of the worldwide anarchist movement." ~ from the Introduction.

African Anarchism: The History of a Movement is available for $11.45 (post paid) from See Sharp Press, P.O. Box 1731, Tucson, AZ, 85702-1731. It is also available from AK Press and E.G. Smith Distribution.