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(en) Eleftheriaka Chronika (Libertarian Chronicles) - A magazine of anarchist and libertarian history

Date Tue, 06 Dec 2005 13:53:21 +0200


The first issue of «Eleftheriaka Chronika» published in November 2005.
«Eleftheriaka Chronika» is a magazine of anarchist and libertarian history
and is a publication of Eleftheriako Historiko Archeio (Libertarian
Historical Archive), that resides in the island of Paros, Greece.
The magazine will be published twice a year.
Comrades Linos Kottis, Dimitris Troaditis and Spyros Fragos are
collectively responsible for this publication.
For correspondence and collaborations P.O.BOX 1333, Central Post
Office Patras, 26001, Greece email nafpaktosanarchists@hotmail.com
P.O. 2120, Lygon St. North, Brunswick East, Victoria 3057, Australia
Email outetheos@yahoo.com.au

Eleftheriako Historiko Archeio (Libertarian Historical Archive),
P.O.BOX 6027, Naousa, Paros 84401, Greece Email
linos@par.forthnet.gr

Contents of the issue No 1:
James Sotros, “Plotyno Rhodokanaty: A Greek Anarchist in
Mexico of 19th century” (p. 3-29),
Pedro Siler, “The Socialist newspaper El Hijo del Trabajo
(1876-1884)” (p. 30-41) and
Plotyno Rhodokanaty, “Cartilla Socialista” (p. 42-62).
(Translations from Spanish to Greek by Viky Fragos and editing by
Giannis Karytsas).

Editorial
by the Eleftheriako Historiko Archeio (Libertarian Historical Archive)
– written by Linos Kottis and published in the issue No 1 of
«Eleftheriaka Chronika»:

All those who after the change of regime (1) we participated in the
libertarian movement knew a really little about the previous history of
our movement. Only scattered conversations about the anarchists of
Patras and Pyrgos (2). The published bibliography the following years,
created a picture that litted up certain periods, while it obscured a lot
of others.

All these secondary sources, mainly work of university experts and
academics, have one systematic peculiarity: their authors - who most
of them belong to the various Socialist faculties - insist to the
underestimation of the libertarian presence, by both increasing the
importance of parallel movements or opposite versions, and being
indeferent to the systematic and completed picture of a such an
anthology.

The amazing occasion of approach of their primary sources and their
monopolisation by them is sketched out in their indicative
bibliographies attached in the end of their histories, in which the non
published and private archives adorn the biggest part of their pages.
The original sources are scattered in various private and public
archives and continue remaining hermetically closed for the majority
of the researchers.

The committed to the left parties and organisations historians were
untangling almost always unsociably with the slogan that “they
this people did not know the scientific socialism yet…” (3).

But today we are in position to describe the limits of a movement
which in its first period was born in 1860 and reach up to 1930. These
efforts were not neither hazy or tangled, nor unorganised or accidental
(in order to use some certain definitions used assiduously by the
various intellectuals and historiographers in their scientific
undertakings).

This ascertainment, that an entire political and social revolutionary
tradition with historical continuity, is been delivered in the oblivion
and the fact that the protagonists have died, the undeniable fact that
from their documents others remain really closed secrets in secret
drawers in party headquarters and others have been destroyed deceitly,
it creates to us the collective duty to deposit in the future the history of
revolutionary libertarian movement in Greece.


Notes:

1. The collapse of the military dictatorship in Greece and the revivla
of “democracy” in 1974,
2. That is the first anarchist groups in the cities of the Western
Peloponnesos in Western Greece in 19th century,
3. For the then libertarians and anarchists.
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