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The Transnational Life and Death of Peter Kropotkin, 1881-1921: Terrorism, the Anarchist Body, and the Russian Revolution

Green, Lara

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Lara Green



Abstract

Peter Kropotkin’s life was not only transnational because of his movements. Kropotkin existed as an imagined figure in the sphere of transatlantic anglophone print culture. This imagined Kropotkin was both representative of and contributed to British and American responses to the Russian Revolution in the period between 1881, when Kropotkin first became internationally infamous, and his death in 1921. This article argues that we can read in media representations of Kropotkin three main phases of revolutionary history. The first, the terrorist phase. The second, the ancient dignity of Russian culture. The third, decay, death, and despair. Kropotkin was one of the Revolution’s greatest celebrities, meaning that when the Civil War conflict emerged and Bolshevik power grew, it was through memories and representations of him that British and American audiences interpreted the Russian Revolution. So far as they saw it, Kropotkin was the Revolution, and had been for some time. As a result, Kropotkin’s death marked an important moment both for Russian anarchists, but also a symbol of the passing of an age of Russian history and culture.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2023
Journal Anarchist Studies
Electronic ISSN 2633-8270
Publisher Lawrence Wishart
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 83-119
DOI https://doi.org/10.3898/as.30.1.04
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1273577
Publisher URL https://journals.lwbooks.co.uk/anarchiststudies/vol-30-issue-1/abstract-9525/

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