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Apr 232014
 

BakuninCoverBakunin in Japan. Bakunin, Yokohama, and the dawning of the Pacific Era. Philip Billingsley. Kindle Edition, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  —  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.53 ; USA : $2.50 ; Germany : €1.86 ; France :  €1.86 ; Spain:  €1.86 ; Italy:  €1.86 ; Japan: ¥ 256 ; India: R151 : Canada: CDN$ 2.76 ; Brazil: R$5.59 ; Mexico: $32.63 ; Australia: $2.68

When the Tokugawa shogunate opened the doors of Japan at cannon-point in the mid-1850s, it could hardly have known that one of the first ‘barbarians’ to take advantage of its decision would be none other than Michael Bakunin, the fiery radical and bane of Europe’s princely houses who would in the last years of his life come to be known as the “Father of Anarchism”. Nor indeed could the Shogunate’s nemesis, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy have foreseen, when his four heavily-armed ‘black ships’ first heaved to off Uraga Bay near present-day Tokyo in 1853, that a side-effect of his expedition would be to usher in a new phase of European revolution. Bakunin’s sudden arrival, via Yokohama, at the London home-in-exile of the Russian liberal Alexander Herzen in December 1861, when he ought to have been set for safe burial beneath the Siberian permafrost, set governments and financiers throughout Europe shuddering at what they perceived to be the resurrection of the Devil Incarnate. Within a few years their fears were proven to have been only too well founded.

See also: MUSEIFUSHUGI The Revolutionary Idea in Japan: I – from the 6th Century to 1939

Apr 232014
 

BelgradoCoverWe were the Rebels, We were the Marauders. Fragments of an Outlaw Autobiography. Translated by Paul Sharkey. Kindle Edition, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  —  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.84 ; USA : $3.00 ; Germany : €2.24 ; France :  €2.24 ; Spain:  €2.24 ; Italy:  €2.24 ; Japan: ¥ 307 ; India: R181 : Canada: CDN$ 3.31 ; Brazil: R$6.71 ; Mexico: $39.16 ; Australia: $3.21

This is the story of Belgrado Pedrini, a self-educated 18-year-old who, in the early 1930s, threw himself into the revolutionary struggle at the height of Italian fascism’s hold on the state. It is about an anarchist who took up arms against fascism long before 1943, the year of the Anglo-American landings in Sicily, of Mussolini’s brief fall from power and of the official beginnings of the Resistance. Well before the end of the truce between brown and red fascism; the red fascism that prompted the Italian Communist Party, the fiefdom of Togliatti, to urge its militants to infiltrate the vital mass structures set up by the fascists so that they might some day use them for their own purposes.

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Apr 172014
 
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The Port Huron Statement: the 1962 manifesto that launched the activist movement Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The American New Left was a protest-oriented movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In its early, developmental stage New Left theories evolved primarily from the trial-and-error experiences of its most dynamic constituent groups and individuals. It was, essentially, a response by liberal activists and dissident leftists to the cataclysmic widening of the gulf between the theory and practice of traditional Marxism in the mid-1950s.

The New Left began life in the mid 1950s as a reformist movement fertilised by an increased consciousness of racism, the threat of nuclear war and, later, America’s aggressive role in the Vietnam War. By the early 1960s the most dynamic elements in the movement had become disillusioned by the inability or unwillingness of the liberal democratic state to acknowledge let alone resolve the pressing moral issues of the day, particularly that of racism in the South. It quickly developed a much more revolutionary critique of the totality of ways in which consumer capitalism and the bureaucratic states of both East and West frustrated human needs and capacities. From a reformist opposition to racism in the South and war in Southeast Asia a revolutionary stance emerged of opposition to racism in general, to imperialism in all its forms and to sexism both in society at large and within the movement itself. Those who adopted this position viewed the whole mass of problems bred by an industrial society — alienation, ecological threats to the environment, poverty, hierarchy, competition, etc. — as being impossible to solve within either capitalism or bureaucratic communism.

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Apr 152014
 

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MercenaryUntil the end of the eighteenth century one of the most important developments in warfare, apart from the invention of gunpowder and the adoption of firearms, had ‘been the superseding of feudal military organisation by professional, mercenary, troops’. By the end of the fifteenth century the diffused feudal nobility of Europe had discovered, to their cost, that professional soldiers, who fought for pay alone and were personally loyal to the sovereign, were far more reliable than the hastily recruited and poorly trained and motivated feudal armies they relied on. These ‘professional’ or centrally controlled ‘royal’ armies could, moreover, be sent to keep order at home or wage war abroad with little fear of external factors affecting morale or their fighting qualities. Relatively free, therefore, from popular or subordinate influences, the sovereigns of Europe could wage wars with limited resources for limited objectives and negotiate peace on a compromise basis when those objectives were either attained or appeared unobtainable.

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Apr 112014
 

BusquetsCoverNewAtado y bien atado por Juan Busquets (con la Asociación de Presos Políticos del Franquismo en Francia). Edición Kindle en Español, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  —  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.86 ; USA : $3.00 ; Germany : €2.26 ; France :  €2.26 ; Spain:  €2.26 ; Italy:  €2.26 ; Japan: ¥ 310 ; India: R180 : Canada: CDN$ 3.29 ; Brazil: R$6.71 ; Mexico: $39.01 ; Australia: $3.23

Juan Busquets, former guerrilla and author of Twenty Years in Franco’s Jails. An Anarchist in Franco’s Prisons, explains how Franco’s victims, especially the maquis, have been deliberately written out of history by Spain’s post-Francoist governments. His starting point is that the current monarchy is a continuation of Franco regime and that little has changed in the last 40 years in which Franco’s victims have been consistently sidelined and discriminated against by the stewards of the current Borbón monarchy: Suarez, Calvo Sotelo, Felipe Gonzalez, Aznar, Zapatero, Rajoy, and Montilla. The book tells of the author’s struggle to reclaim the memory of the anti-Francoist maquis, and his analysis of the post-Franco years of the dictator’s annointed successor, Juan Carlos Borbón y Borbón, the head of state charged with fulfilling Franco’s legacy for Spain, one that remains virtually intact — as the title indicates – ‘tightly tied and well trussed up’ (Atado y bien atado). Busquets (with additional texts from the ‘Association of Political Prisoners of Franco in France’ — APPFF), gives voice to the memories of another Spain: libertarian, republican, federal, secular, and confederal, and pays tribute to the thousands of imprisoned, exiled and murdered anti-Francoists who were silenced, ignored or demonised as bandits and terrorists. S.C.

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Apr 092014
 
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Armand Robin (1912-1961)

Armand Robin (1912-1961): French anarchist poet, playwright, translator and author of La fausse parole (The False Word — his reflections on propaganda in totalitarian countries, particularly Stalin’s Soviet Union and Vichy France — having worked as a ‘foreign news’ broadcaster for Petain’s Ministry of Information from 1941 to 1943). Denounced to the Gestapo in1943 as an anti-fascist/Nazi and a member of the Resistance (possibly by his Stalinist enemies of the French CP-led Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (FTP), he sent the following letter to the Gestapo’s Paris HQ on October 5 1943. Robin died in a Paris hospital in1961 three days after being arrested for failing to carry identity documents. Paris’s Prefect of Police at the time was Maurice Papon, a former Vichy police chief responsible for — among other repressive duties — Jewish Affairs and, later, under De Gaulle, the police official responsible for the Paris massacre of 17 October 1961 in which upward of 200 Algerian demonstrators were murdered by the French police:

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Apr 092014
 

MuseifushugiCoverMUSEIFUSHUGI — The Revolutionary Idea in Japan (I — from the 6th Century to 1939) by Victor Garcia and Wat Tyler. ISBN 978-0-904564-39-6. Translated by Paul Sharkey. This Kindle edition published by ChristieBooks, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles £3.73/€4.511/US$6.51  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £3.73 ; USA : $6.51 ; Germany : €4.51 ; France :  €4.51 ; Spain:  €4.51 ; Italy:  €4.51 ; Japan: ¥ 620 ; India: R361 : Canada: CDN$ 6.59 ; Brazil: R$13.14 ; Mexico: $78.02 ; Australia: $6.46

In 1957 Victor García*, considered by some to be the Marco Polo of the international anarchist movement (because of his extensive travels), visited Japan where he was welcomed by Taiji Yamaga, with whom he spent three months travelling to many cities and towns in the archipelago being introduced to most of the survivors of the Japanese libertarian movement. On his second visit in 1974, Víctor García interviewed more old and new militants to glean the material for this his magnum opus on Japanese anarchism, Museifushugi. Translated from the Spanish by Paul Sharkey and edited, and substantially expanded and enhanced by ‘Wat Tyler’, an English teacher, a comrade, living in Osaka, Museifushugi, was originally scheduled for publication in 1981 by Cienfuegos Press but was scrapped when the printer ‘lost’ the corrected galleys in a fire and refused to re-set the book, a costly setback which effectively bankrupted Cienfuegos Press. In 2013, over 30 years later, we salvaged the proofs and re-set the text, which has been further updated by Wat Tyler who still lives and works in Japan. Volume II of Museifushugi, covering the years from WWII through to the present day, will appear later this year in a Kindle edition, and we may at some point publish a short-run print edition.

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Apr 062014
 

March 22NANTERRE 1968 Notes on the background to the 22 March Group b Jean-Pierre Duteuil (with Eric Jarry) Translated by Paul Sharkey. This Kindle edition published by ChristieBooks, 2014 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  — £1.24/€1.49/$2.20  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.24 ; USA : $2.20 ; Germany : €1.49 ; France :  €1.49 ; Spain:  €1.49 ; Italy:  €1.49 ; Japan: ¥ 206 ; India: R120 : Canada: CDN$ 2.21 ; Brazil: R$4.52 ; Mexico: $26.15 ; Australia: $2.16

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Jean-Pierre Duteuil

As a 16-year old schoolboy from a Parisian banlieu, Jean-Pierre Duteuil became politicised in 1960 over France’s bitter and bloody Algerian war of independence. Already an anarchist, he studied at the University of Nanterre from 1964 to 1969, majoring in Sociology. While a student he was part of the Noir et Rouge collective, a member of the Le Monde Libertaire editorial team and one of the tiny anarchist nucleus on the Nanterre campus, the LEA, the Anarchist Students’ Liaison. He was also a co-founder of the Mouvement du 22 Mars (March 22 Movement) which played such a pivotal role in the events of May/June 1968, and he remains active in the anarchist movement to this day. NANTERRE 1968: Notes on the background to the 22 March Group is Jean-Pierre’s personal assessment of the people and the groups that contributed to the tumultuous events of that historic summer when, to adapt Norman Mailer’s comment on the Cuban Missile Crisis, “France — and Europe — stood like a playing card on edge”

Apr 032014
 

GombinTHE REVOLUTIONARY PROJECT. Towards a sociology of the events of May-June 1968 (Kindle Edition) by Richard Gombin (Translated by Paul Sharkey). First published in France in 1969, as Le Projet révolutionnaire, éléments d’une sociologie des événements de mai-juin 1968 Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  — £1.24/€1.49/$2.20  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £1.24 ; USA : $2.20 ; Germany : €1.49 ; France :  €1.49 ; Spain:  €1.49 ; Italy:  €1.49 ; Japan: ¥ 206 ; India: R120 : Canada: CDN$ 2.21 ; Brazil: R$4.52 ; Mexico: $26.15 ; Australia: $2.16

French Council Communist Richard Gombin’s ‘sociological’ study of ‘The May Events’ of France 1968 — a libertarian analysis (focusing primarily on events between May 3 and 13 June) that examines the links between the leftist groups (the ‘groupuscules’) and the various factors that contributed to the revolutionary threat to the French state during the summer of that year…

Mar 282014
 

FrancoCoverGENERAL FRANCO MADE ME A TERRORIST. The Christie File: part 2, 1964-1967 (The interesting years abroad of a West of Scotland ‘Baby-boomer’) Stuart Christie ISBN 1 873976 19 4 (Kindle edition).  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  — £2.50/€2.99/$4.00  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £2.50 ; USA : $4.00 ; Germany : €2.99 ; France :  €2.99 ; Spain:  €2.99 ; Italy:  €2.99 ; Japan: ¥ 409 ; India: R244 : Canada: CDN$ 4.49 ; Brazil: R$9.30 ; Mexico: $52.93 ; Australia: $4.40

‘This volume picks up where the last one ended, namely his leaving Britain to take part in an anarchist plan to assassinate Franco. Christie, however, was arrested by Franco’s secret police long before he completed his mission to give the explosives he smuggled into Spain to those who were planning the assassination. Christie recounts his experiences being arrested and his time in various Spanish prisons with assurance, humanity and wit. He is not afraid to talk about the failures and cock-ups, the bickering and the surreal along with the bravery and dedication. As such, it is a real treat to read, giving the human side which history books never really manage to do. His account of the characters he met and the life of political prisoners in Franco’s regime is engrossing. Flag Blackened