Anarchism Reading List

Anarchism is a form of anti-state socialism which first emerged in the 19th century. I’ve composed this reading list on the basis of which books or texts I wish I knew about when first learning about anarchism. I don’t agree with all the texts I list but felt it was important to include texts from traditions within anarchism I don’t like or don’t fully agree with, such as insurrectionist anarchism or David Graeber’s “little a anarchism”, because its important to understand anarchism in all its variety. At the end I’ve listed my personal favorites.

A large number of anarchists texts can be found at Libcom, The Anarchist Library, or the Dwardmac Anarchy Archives. A text is ‘classic’ if it is from the 19th or the early 20th century, and it is ‘modern’ if it is from  the late 20th century or the 21st century.

A great (and very long) all round resource on anarchism is The Anarchist FAQ.

Classic Introductions

Modern Introductions

Classic Anarchist Texts

Modern Anarchist Texts

Anthologies of Anarchist Primary Sources

General Anarchist History

History of the Spanish Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

My Personal Favorites 


One thought on “Anarchism Reading List

  1. Might want add David Graeber’s article ‘Turning Modes of Production Inside Out, or, Why Capitalism is a Transformation of Slavery’ (it build on a lot of the stuff that he talked about in ‘Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value’ and ‘Possibilities’), it’s really good long intro into anti-capitalism, you can find it here:
    Might want to also add something about the commons, so why not ‘Stop, thief!: The commons, enclosures, and resistance’ by Peter Linebaugh:

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