Recommended Reading on Anarchism, Marxism and Feminism

  1. Anarchism
    1. Introductions
    2. Anarchist Texts
    3. History of Anarchism
    4. The Modern Anarchist Movement
  2. Marxism
    1. Marx
    2. Secondary Sources
    3. Marxist Theory
  3. Feminism
    1. Introductions
    2. Feminist Theory
    3. Anarcha Feminism
    4. Marxist Feminism





Anarchist Texts



Anthologies of Anarchist Texts

History of Anarchism

Broad Overviews of Anarchist History

  • Finn, Mike – Debating Anarchism: A History of Action, Ideas and Movements
  • Damier, Vadim – Anarcho-Syndicalism in the 20th Century
  • Schmidt, Michael & Van der Walt, Lucian – Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism (since its publication Schmidt was outed as a racist. The main author of the book is Van der Walt, not Schmidt, and it is because of this that I continue to recommend it until Van der Walt publishes his own separate book)
  • Hirsch, Steven and van der Walt, Lucian (eds) – Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World 1870-1940 (the best overview of anarchism as a global movement)

The Emergence of Anarchism as a Social Movement

  • Bensimon, Quentin and Moisand (eds) – “Arise Ye Wretched of the Earth”: The First International in a Global Perspective (useful to learn more about specific sections of the International and the wider context)
  • Eckhardt, Wolfgang – The First Socialist Schism: Bakunin vs Marx in the International Workingmen’s Association (the best detailed overview of the topic)
  • Graham, Robert – We Do Not Fear Anarchy, We Invoke It: The First International and The Origins of the Anarchist Movement (good summary, especially if Eckhart is too long for you)

History of Anarchist Movements in Europe

History of Anarchist Movements in North and South America

History of Anarchist Movements in Asia

History of the Spanish Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

The Modern Anarchist Movement

  • Bray, Mark – Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street
  • Dupuis-Deri, Francis – Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World
  • Graeber, David – Direct Action: An Ethnography
  • Graeber, David – The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement



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Part 2

Part 3

Secondary Sources

  • Anderson, Kevin – Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies
  • Fromm, Erich – Marx’s Concept of Man (short)
  • Hunt, Richard – The Political Ideas of Marx and Engels Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Heinrich, Michael – “Je ne suis pas marxiste” (very short)
  • Heinrich, Michael – An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
  • Lebowitz, Michael – Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
  • Meszaros, Istvan – Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume II: The Dialectic of Structure and History (very hard but worth it)
  • Ollman, Bertell – Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society
  • Ollman, Bertell – Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method
  • Raekstad, Paul – Karl Marx’s Realist Critique of Capitalism: Freedom, Alienation, and Socialism
  • Tabak, Mehmet – Dialectics of Human Nature in Marx’s Philosophy

Marxist Theory

  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
  • Wood, Ellen Meiksins – Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism



  • Finlayson, Lorna – An Introduction to Feminism
  • hooks, bell – Feminism is For Everybody

Feminist Theory

Anarcha Feminism

Classic Anarcha-Feminism

Modern Anarcha-Feminism

Marxist Feminism

  • Costa, Mariarosa Dalla and James, Selma – The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community
  • Brown, Heather – Marx on Gender and The Family (for summary see)
  • Federici, Silvia – Caliban and The Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
  • Federici, Silvia – Revolution At Point Zero
  • Vogel, Lise – Marxism and The Oppression of Women