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(en) new online anarchist books

Date Sat, 29 Apr 2006 12:09:01 +0300


those of us doing research on anarchism have a few new resources, it seems.
The Bibliotheque National Française has a number of texts available online
at Gallica ( http://gallica.bnf.fr/Metacata.htm) by anarchist authors such as
--Elisée Reclus (including his Correspondance, L'Homme et la Terre, L'Anarchie, etc.)
--André Léo (La Guerre Sociale, Couper la Cable, etc.)
--Pierre Kropotkine (Communisme et anarchie, La révolution sera-t-elle collectiviste?, etc.)
--Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (De la célébration du dimanche, Si les traités de 1815 ont cessé d'exister?, etc.)
--Michel Bakounine (A mes amis russes et polonais, La révolution sociale
ou La dictature militaire, etc.; search for "Bakunin")
--Louise Michel (Mémoires, Contes et légendes, Légendes et chants de gestes canaques, etc.)
--Bernard Lazare (Le nationalisme juif, Les Porteurs des torches, etc.)
--Adolphe Retté (Oeuvres complètes, Réflexion sur l'anarchie, Promenades
subversives, etc.)

Meanwhile, on the American front, Google Books (
http://books.google.com <http://books.google.com/>) has made a number of
works by anarchists available in full, searchable page reproductions,
such as those of

--Emma Goldman (The Social Significance of the Modern Drama, Marriage
and Love, Anarchism and Other Essays)
--Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (including more of his major works than Gallica!)
--Mikhail Bakunin (God and the State, Statism and Anarchy, etc.)
--Bernard Lazare (Un Erreur Judiciare, Antisemitism: Its History and Causes)
--Peter Kropotkin (The Conquest of Bread, Modern Science and Anarchism)
--Adolphe Retté (Le Symbolisme)
--Elisée Reclus (The Earth and Its Inhabitants, Nouvelle géographie
universelle, etc.)

All of the above are available to anyone. Google is also making
more contemporary, in-copyright books available on a piecemeal basis for
those who sign up for "accounts" -- a service which is "free," as usual,
but with a catch. This way, one can get select peeks at some of the
most exciting new works -- Benedict Anderson's _Under Three Flags_, the
anthology _I Am Not A Man, I Am Dynamite!_, and so on -- but, alas,
never the whole picture. This "limited preview" feature is more useful
for corporate marketing than for radical scholarship. Thus, while it
makes a number of older works available for archival research, Google,
the cynical abettor of Chinese totalitarianism (see
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4645596.stm), takes back with one
hand what it gives with the other.

We continue to take what we can get. Fortunately, we can get more
all the time.
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