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Historical Geographies of Anarchism

Early Critical Geographers and Present-Day Scientific Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Federico Ferretti, Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre, Anthony Ince, Francisco Toro


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In the last few years, anarchism has been rediscovered as a transnational, cosmopolitan and multifaceted movement. Its traditions, often hastily dismissed, are increasingly revealing insights which inspire present-day scholarship in geography. This book provides a historical geography of anarchism, analysing the places and spatiality of historical anarchist movements, key thinkers, and the present scientific challenges of the geographical anarchist traditions.

This volume offers rich and detailed insights into the lesser-known worlds of anarchist geographies with contributions from international leading experts. It also explores the historical geographies of anarchism by examining their expressions in a series of distinct geographical contexts and their development over time. Contributions examine the changes that the anarchist movement(s) sought to bring out in their space and time, and the way this spirit continues to animate the anarchist geographies of our own, perhaps often in unpredictable ways. There is also an examination of contemporary expressions of anarchist geographical thought in the fields of social movements, environmental struggles, post-statist geographies, indigenous thinking and situated cosmopolitanisms.

This is valuable reading for students and researchers interested in historical geography, political geography, social movements and anarchism.


"Historical Geographies of Anarchism looks at both the early part of

anarchism’s evolution and speculates on its potential future(s). The book provides an overview

of strains of anarchist thought that originated and were put into practice in various locations

across the globe. The applied nature of anarchism is striking as many chapters provide examples

of how anarchist thought is inseparable from everyday actions. The book is divided into three

sections. The first covers “Spaces of the History of Anarchism”, with the second and third

centring around “Early Anarchist Geographies and their Places” and “Anarchist Geographies,

Places and Present Challenges”. - Nathan Poirier, Antipode - A Radical Journal of Geography

Table of Contents


Simon Springer


Federico Ferretti, Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre, Anthony Ince and Francisco Toro

Part 1: Spaces of the History of Anarchism

1. The Anarchists and the city: governance, revolution and the imagination

Carl Levy

2. Uncovering and understanding hidden bonds: applying social field theory to the financial records of anarchist newspapers

Andrew Hoyt

3. The other nation: places of the Italian anarchist press in the USA

Davide Turcato

4. Humour, violence and cruelty in late nineteenth-century anarchist culture

Julien Brigstocke

Part 2: Early Anarchist Geographies and their Places

5. The thought of Elisée Reclus as an inspiration for degrowth ethos

Francisco Toro

6. Revolutions, and their places: the Anarchist Geographers and the problem of nationalities in the Age of Empire

Federico Ferretti

7. Historicising ‘anarchist geography’: six issues for debate from a historian point of view

Pascale Siegrist

Part 3: Anarchist Geographies, Places and Present Challenges

8. Lived places of anarchy: Colin Ward’s social anarchy in action

David Crouch

9. Moment, Flow, Language, Non-Plan: the unique architecture of insurrection in a Brazilian urban periphery

Rita Velloso

10. Future (pre)histories of the state: on anarchy, archaeology, and the decolonial

Anthony Ince and Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre

11. About other geographies and anarchisms

Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre and Narciso Barrera-Bassols

About the Editors

Federico Ferretti is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Anthony Ince is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK.

Francisco Toro is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the Department of Regional Geographical Analysis and Physical Geography, University of Granada, Spain.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Historical Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography