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The Conquest of Bread

by Peter Kropotkin


The Conquest of Bread is a detailed, systematic description of how to build a future society where there is "well-being for all." It represents the most mature thought of the Russian anarchist-scientist Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921). Kropotkin's anarchist communism is an alternative to the various forms of state socialism which have proved so disapponting in the century since this book was first published. His ideas are still refreshing and capable of providing a guide to social action.

It seemed to us that the downtrodden peasants posed this direct question: "How do we go about seizing the land and, without submitting to any authority, drive out the parasites who produce nothing and live a life of luxury at our expense?" The response to this question had been given by Peter Alekseevich in his workThe Conquest of Bread. But the masses had not read this work, only a few individuals had read it, and now the masses no longer had time to read. What was necessary was that an energetic voice exposed to them in clear, simple language the essential points ofThe Conquest of Bread to prevent them from sinking into a speculative inertia, and to show them directly the right path to take and furnish a guide for their actions.

— Nestor Makhno, The Russian Revolution in Ukraine

The German anarcho-syndicalist Augustin Souchy told the story of an anarchist from the Aragonese village of Munesa, who worked for a long time in Barcelona, and then went back to his native village and acquainted the peasants with libertarian ideas. Under his influence his fellow-villagers organized a collective – a free commune. "A Spanish edition of Kropotkin's book, The Conquest of Bread, lay on the table. In the evenings members of the collective would gather, and one of them would read the book out loud. This was the new Gospel."

— Vadim Damier, Anarcho-Syndicalism in the 20th Century

Book information

Publisher: Black Cat Press (Edmonton, Alberta)
Publication Date: Dec 26, 2008
Printer: Black Cat Press
Format: hardcover
Length: 294 pp.
Size: 4.5"h x 3.5"w x 1"d
Stock Number: TCI-047


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