Steven J. Hirsch, PhD (1997) in Latin American History from The George Washington University. Currently is associate professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. Researches and writes on the history of anarchism and working-class politics in Peru.
Lucien van der Walt, Ph.d. (2007) in Industrial Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, is senior lecturer in Sociology at that institution. Winner of the 2007 Labor History thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 CODESRIA Africa thesis prize, he is co-author of Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism (AK Press. San Francisco), volume 1 of Counter Power: new perspectives on global anarchism and syndicalism (with Michael Schmidt).
All those interested in left and labour history, anarchism, syndicalism, radicalism, Marxism, nationalism, labour unions, race and nation, and anti-colonial struggles.
“[…] a ground-breaking work [...] the collection is remarkable […] the chapters [...] are compelling [...] one might mention the sheer sense of discovery with which they overwhelm the reader [...]. All in all, the collection is remarkable [...]. The essays they have gathered and carefully knitted together fill a major gap in the historiography and form an impressive and challenging scholarly achievement.”
Yann Béliard, Labour/ Le Travail
. Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle
“The chapters develop a powerful sense of anarchism and syndicalism as global political forces, and on the whole this results in a very tightly
edited and argued collection defined by excellent, committed scholarship.”
David Featherstone, Journal of Global History
, University of Glasgow, UK
"[...] [I]t is a valuable contribution. [...] [T]his is a readable, important addition to your local library.
Milan Rai, Peace News
, Vol. 2550 (October 2012), p. 14
“[…] Hirsch and Van Der Walt’s collection is a salutary reminder of a time when a plurality of international anarchist, socialist and syndicalist
initiatives broke out of narrow confines of national politics to challenge, colonialism and racism alike. It is a vital repository of revolutionary thought and practice…”
Bryan Palmer (Trent University), New Left Review
, Vol. 77 (sept oct 2012), pp. 151-160
[…] difficult for serious scholars to ignore this volume.
This important book discusses anarchist and syndicalist movements in Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the Ukraine in the period leading up to World War II.
Jon Bekken, Anarcho-Syndacalist Review
, No. 60 (Summer 2013), 35-37
[...] [T]he book investigates how anarchists and syndicalists engaged with imperialism, anti-colonial movements ‘and the national question’.
Although this is an academic text, grassroots activists will find it useful too. The book offers deep insights into society and history, and it highlights relevant historical experiences that could benefit social movements worldwide.
Mandisi Majavu, Journal of Asian and African Studies
Vol. 47, No. 122 (2012), pp. 122-124
Let’s be clear about one thing – this book is an academic masterpiece.
Constance Bantman, Anarchist Studies
Vol. 20 No. 1 (2012), pp. 106-108
This groundbreaking volume on anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world sheds new light on hitherto neglected historical – yet ever more useful – anti-colonial movements that reverberate with today’s growing resistance towards transnational corporate powers. [...] [T]his volume is an incredibly valuable addition to existing postcolonial theory.
Ole Birk Laursen, Journal of Postcolonial Writing 2012, iFirst Review, 1–2
The edited volume [...] contains a wealth of experience drawn from the colonial and postcolonial worlds for activists to reflect upon and scholars to debate.
Andrew Lawrence, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
, 26 April 2012
The book is an excellent collection of narratives from the anarchist and syndicalist resistance to globalisation first attempt by the block of authoritarian and imperialist development (1870-1930) and goes beyond the usual Western European tradition [...]
Dimitri Troaditis, Anarkismo.net (article 20751)
This is a superb book.
Wayne Price, www.anarkismo.net & www.utopianmag.com (2011)
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Preface, Benedict Anderson
Rethinking Anarchism and Syndicalism: the colonial and post-colonial experience, 1870-1940, Lucien van der Walt and Steven J. Hirsch
PART ONE: ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM IN THE COLONIAL WORLD
“Diverse in race, religion and nationality… but united in aspirations of civil progress”: the anarchist movement in Egypt 1860-1940, Anthony Gorman
Revolutionary syndicalism, communism and the national question in South African socialism, 1886-1928, Lucien van der Walt
Korean Anarchism before 1945: a regional and transnational approach, Dongyoun Hwang
Anarchism and the Question of Place: thoughts from the Chinese experience, Arif Dirlik
The Makhnovist Movement and the National Question in the Ukraine, 1917-1921, Аleksandr Shubin
Syndicalism, Industrial Unionism, and Nationalism in Ireland, Emmet O’Connor
PART TWO: ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM IN THE POSTCOLONIAL WORLD
Peruvian Anarcho-Syndicalism: adapting transnational influences and forging counterhegemonic Practices, 1905-1930, Steven J. Hirsch
Tropical Libertarians: anarchist movements and networks in the Caribbean, Southern United States, and Mexico, 1890s-1920s, Kirk Shaffer
Straddling the Nation and the Working World: anarchism and syndicalism on the docks and rivers of Argentina, 1900-1930, Geoffroy de Laforcade
Constructing Syndicalism and Anarchism Globally: the transnational making of the syndicalist movement in São Paulo, Brazil, 1895-1935, Edilene Toledo and Luigi Biondi
Final Reflections: the vicissitudes of anarchist and syndicalist trajectories, 1940 to the present, Steven J. Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt