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Guide to the Murray Bookchin Manuscript for Free Cities: Communalism and the Left TAM 538

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Murray Bookchin Manuscript for Free Cities: Communalism and the Left
Dates: 2008
Abstract: Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was an American anarchist and social ecologist. This collection contains the manuscript for his final book, Free Cities: Communalism and the Left, published by Pluto Press in 2008.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box; 80 pages)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 538

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Historical/Biographical Note

Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) was an American anarchist and social ecologist. Formerly a Communist and Trotskyist, he later became an anarchist and a founder of the social ecology movement, which seeks to combine insights from anarchism (and from the Marxian Left) with ecological concerns.

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Scope and Content Note

Free Cities: Communalism and the Left (80 pages), is a collection of unpublished essays by (the social ecoloogist and anarchist) Murray Bookchin (1921-2006), with an introduction dated November, 2005, that was edited by Eirik Eiglad, who also provides a preface, in 2008.

Table of Contents: Editor's preface: Creating free cities -- Introduction, by Murray Bookchin -- The ecological crisis and the need to remake society -- Nationalism and the "National Question" -- Nationalism and the great revolutions --The historical importance of the city -- Anarchism as individualism -- Anarchism, power, and government -- The revolutionary politics of libertarian municipalism -- The future of the left -- Toward a communalist approach -- Endnotes.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Bookchin, Murray, 1921-2006
  • Eiglad, Eirik

Subject Topics

  • Municipal government.
  • Anarchism.
  • Social ecology.
  • City planning.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 2008, are expected to enter the public domain in 2128.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Murray Bookchin Manuscript for Free Cities: Communalism and the Left; TAM 538; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Murray Bookchin Papers (TAM 060)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Eirik Eiglad, editor of Free Cities: Communalism and the Left, in 2010. The accession number associated with this gift is 2010.041.

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