Title: Towards a more complete Peter Kropotkin Bibliography
Author: Iain McKay
Date: December 9, 2022
Source: Retrieved on 4th May 2023 from anarchism.pageabode.com
Notes: Another article which tries to document Kropotkin’s writings and why this is important to understand his ideas and influence. It appeared in Black Flag: Anarchist Review (Vol. 2, No. 3) and follows on from “Sages and Movements: An Incomplete Peter Kropotkin Bibliography”, Anarchist Studies (volume 22, number 1) and “Kropotkin, Woodcock and Les Temps Nouveaux”, Anarchist Studies (volume 23, number 1).




      Anarchist articles, letters and prefaces by Kropotkin

Given how Kropotkin’s articles and letters appeared in journals (both anarchist and non-anarchist) across the globe, in a multitude of languages and that many of them were unsigned, it would be unlikely that a complete bibliography of his writings could ever be achieved. Various people have produced partial attempts, including myself.[1]

Here, I add a few more articles and letters to my previous work and hope they will be of use to anarchists and historians for as Nicolas Walter noted in 1971:

to study Kropotkin properly it is still necessary to read him in the original publications – not only his books, but also and especially his many articles and pamphlets, which he himself said were “are more expressive of my anarchist ideas”… Over the years I have found more than two hundred important items which have never been published in book form, and there must be as many more.[2]

This remains the case, for while more material has become available – not least thanks to the anthology Direct Struggle Against Capital and new, complete editions of Words of a Rebel and Modern Science and Anarchy – there is still plenty of material which remains hidden in archives (albeit slowly appearing on-line) and awaiting translation (particularly Russian works). Yet Kropotkin’s class struggle politics are best seen in his writings for the anarchist press on events and tendencies within the labour movement and its struggles. It is no coincidence that the best account of Kropotkin’s ideas – Caroline Cahm’s Kropotkin and the Rise of Revolutionary Anarchism 1872–1886 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) – did precisely this.

Such investigations do more than help clarify our understanding of Kropotkin’s ideas, they also show his influence across the globe. For example, it is interesting to note that two articles by Kropotkin were translated from Le Révolté, for The Alarm, once at the end of 1884[3] and the other, “Expropriation”, an “Anarchistic Programme” shortly before the Haymarket events[4] and, moreover, that the newspaper reported on his and Louise Michel’s travails in the French penal system. With the relaunch of The Alarm in 1887, Kropotkin’s articles (ones which were included in Words of a Rebel[5]) and letters appeared regularly. Likewise, Lucy Parson published articles by Kropotkin in her paper The Liberator as did Emma Goldman in Mother Earth.

This would be expected given the I.W.P.A.’s evolution towards communist-anarchism and should not really be worthy of note, except for the suggestions of the likes of Caroline Ashbaugh and James Green – and gleefully parroted by various Leninists – that the Chicago anarchists were not anarchists. Kropotkin – like anarchists across the globe – considered them as anarchist martyrs and they considered themselves as sharing the same ideas, as seen by actually looking at the contents of their newspapers rather than relying on summaries by others (whether driven by an agenda or, at best, reflecting shocking ignorance of the movements they claim to be reporting on). Likewise, both Goldman and Parsons being revolutionary communist-anarchists would have reprinted Kropotkin’s writings – any personal animosity to each other not blinding them to what they and Kropotkin shared in common, a commitment to revolutionary class struggle politics based on direct action, solidarity, the general strike and social revolution.

What becomes clear from an awareness of the “hidden” Kropotkin (a somewhat misleading term, as he regularly mentioned this aspect of his ideas in even the most general of his introductions to anarchism) is that some of the conventional wisdom on the development of anarchism is at best incomplete, at worse wrong. Thus we discover that Kropotkin rather than Pouget first raised sabotage (ca’canny) within the anarchist press (in 1891).[6] Likewise it was Kropotkin rather than Pelloutier who initially championed anarchist involvement in the labour movement in 1890.[7] So we discover Kropotkin attending a meeting in London the following year which resolved:

The following items of the agenda were agreed to, (1) The necessity of working more in the Labour movement. (2) We ought to join our trade union when there. is opportunity for Anarchist propaganda. (3) Try to induce the unions to dispense as far as possible with committees and officials, but when there is no chance of making propaganda, start new unions on Anarchist lines.[8]

Kropotkin’s contribution to the discussion was summarised as follows:

Kropotkine thought there were two kinds of trade unions. There is the trade-union of the aristocrats of labour, and the trade union more properly so called the idea of the trade unionists originally, was the making of a general conflagration throughout Europe. All this was altered by the Marxist party who directed the movement into the 8 hours channel. Hence the greater necessity for working in the trade unions. In this work he would not direct his attention to the old trade unions.[9]

This was, of course, in the context of the New Unionism which developed after the London Dock Strike of 1889 and which saw the rise of mass unions which differed from the older, more exclusive, craft unions which generally organised skilled workers (members of the so-called labour aristocracy). As such, the call for new unions was reflective of actual developments within the British Labour movement just as his articles on anarchist tactics for the 8 hours movement and marking May Day reflected French conditions.[10] Yet this was no new development and, in fact, repeated his arguments from ten years previously on the necessity of anarchist activity within the labour movement.[11] However, in the 1890s there was more success in France – as was ruefully noted when he asked a prosecution witness at the Lyon trial in 1883 whether he had succeeded in having “the International reconstituted” and received the reply: “No. They did not find it revolutionary enough.”[12]

Reading his articles for the anarchist press places Kropotkin squarely at the centre of key developments within the anarchist movement such as the rise of syndicalism.[13] Just as he noted syndicalism’s similarities with the Federalist-wing of the International, so his ideal of a libertarian labour movement was embodied in that organisation. Like the syndicalists themselves, he traced his ideas back to Bakunin and his championing of the syndicalist ideas which had developed within the International by militant trade unionists across Europe.

Likewise, reading Kropotkin’s contributions to a series of publications shows how he, like any good writer and propagandist, tailored what he wrote to his intended audience. The language, rhetoric and examples used differed between articles written for the anarchist press and those intended for, say, The Nineteenth Century, a leading British Liberal publication with a polite middle-class readership. As Matthew Adams notes:

Alongside journalistic pieces for Freedom, his main avenue [to reach a British audience] was James Knowles’ periodical The Nineteenth Century, a self-consciously intellectual vehicle with a middle-class readership. Here Kropotkin continued to propound his anarchism, but the motifs of British urbanism superseded illustrations plucked from rural Russia and revolutionary Paris: museums, free libraries, parks, pleasure grounds, and tramways. His point… was that as forms of social organisation already existed that rejected compulsion in favour of mutuality, the common objection that anarchism held an unrealistic appreciation of human nature was unfounded. While not models to implement, these institutions allegedly showed the practicality of anarchism’s organisational ethos.[14]

An obvious example of this is Kropotkin’s well-known 1891 pamphlet, Anarchist-Communism: Its Basis and Principles. Revised from two articles written for The Nineteenth Century shortly after his exile in Britain began.[15] Happy to utilise this opportunity to get an account of his ideas to a new readership, Kropotkin tailored his articles to an audience unfamiliar with Anarchist ideas by relating them to those that his readers were familiar with: British liberalism and State Socialism. In other words, rearticulating libertarian politics in the language of British radicalism.

A passage in this pamphlet, for example, reflects an earlier discussion which contrasted the “disorder” of the struggle for freedom by the many and the “order” of oppression and exploitation by the few.[16] Kropotkin knew that the examples used would be viewed sympathetically by the Nineteenth Century’s readership and hoped to show it the contradiction between supporting rebels against political and religious autocracy and opposing working-class rebels against economic autocracy.

This also means that the examples drawn from the class struggle which appear in his articles for the anarchist press are lacking here, so potentially giving an incomplete – perhaps even misleading – ideas of his politics which would be dispelled by a wider reading and understanding of his works.

Given all this, the importance of bibliographical work becomes clear. Yet we need to be selective, particularly given that Kropotkin was also a noted scientist and earned his living writing scientific articles. So here, as before, I concentrate on his anarchist writings and exclude, say, his “Recent Science” columns in the Nineteenth Century and other scientific work, although we should never forget his standing as a scientist while we mark his contributions to anarchism.[17] Yet this would make a lengthy task even longer and while of interest, not as pressing for anarchists seeking a better understanding of our past to help us in current and future challenges. For any engagement with Kropotkin is not – or at least should not be – driven by historical curiosity, but rather to help us win the class war which Kropotkin, as a revolutionary anarchist, also sought to win.

To end by reiterating my initial comments, it is doubtful that a complete bibliography of Kropotkin will ever appear: he wrote too many letters to both anarchist and non-anarchist newspapers as well as unsigned articles for Le Révolté, La Révolte, Freedom and Khleb i volja (Bread and Freedom), not to mention that many of his articles appeared in anarchist newspapers across the world.

This does not make it a worthless task, far from it. This task is an important one – even if it will never be completed – for it gives us a better grasp of Kropotkin’s influence and ideas. His engagement with developments in the class struggle and current affairs can only be understood by reading these writings, seeing which ones were deemed important enough at the time to translate, all help to free Kropotkin’s ideas from the distortions and condescension inflicted upon them by those who would sooner repeat the false summations handed down by previous uninformed commentators than spend the time and effort to discover what he actually thought and advocated – and why he was so influential within the movement for so long.


This includes new translations of books, whether they have appeared before or not.

Table 1: Books
Year Original Notes
2018 Modern Science and Anarchy, Edinburgh: AK Press Translation of La Science Moderne et L’Anarchie, (Paris: P. V. Stock et Cie, 1913). Also includes various supplementary texts.
2022 The Great French Revolution, 1789-1793, Oakland: PM Press Includes ‘The Great French Revolution and its Lesson’, The Nineteenth Century, June 1889
Words of a Rebel, Oakland, PM Press Translation of Paroles d’un Révolté (1885), including the Italian (1904) and Russian (1919) prefaces as well as the Russian (1919) Afterward. Also includes various supplementary texts.


This is a list of Kropotkin’s pamphlets, whether published during his lifetime or not.

Table 2: Pamphlets
Year Original Notes
1898 La liberté par l’enseignement (L’école libertaire), Publications du Groupe d’initiative pour l’école libertaire Kropotkin one of the signers of the statement.
1909 ‘Kropotkin’s speech (Memorial Hall, October 21st) Five thousand leaflets printed in November as a protest against the execution of Ferrer
1970 Peter Kropotkin, Freedom Anarchist Pamphlets, No 4 Includes: ‘Order’ and ‘The Situation’ from Words of a Rebel (1885) and the pamphlet Politics and Socialism (1903)
Peter Kropotkin, Freedom Anarchist Pamphlets, No 5 Includes: ‘Anarchism and Revolution (extracts from ‘Must We Occupy Ourselves with an Examination of the Ideal of a Future System’, 1873), ‘Note to the English Edition (1895)’, ‘Preface to the Italian Edition (1904)’ and ‘Postscript to the Russian Edition (1921)’ of Words of a Rebel
1975 Fatalité de la révolution, Toulouse: Editions CNT. A collection of nine articles from La Révolte


This lists any new collections of Kropotkin’s articles and/or pamphlets.

Table 3: Anthologies
Year Original Notes
2014 Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology, Edinburgh: AK Press
2019 Anarchism, Anarchist Communism, and The State: Three Essays, Oakland, PM Press Includes ‘Anarchism’, ‘Anarchist-Communism: Its Basis and Principles’ and ‘The State: Its Historic Role’

Anarchist articles, letters and prefaces by Kropotkin

This is a comprehensive, but incomplete, listing of articles by Kropotkin along with letters, prefaces, introductions and postscripts added to new editions of his works.

Table 4: Anarchist articles, letters and prefaces by Kropotkin
Year Original Notes
1881 ‘A la Presse Suisse’, Le Révolté, April 2
‘Droit d’asile, ou Droit à l’asile?’, Le Révolté, April 16
1884 ‘Order and Anarchy: A Statement of the Principles of Capitalism and Anarchism’, The Alarm, December 13 ‘L’Ordre’ Le Révolté October 1, 1881.
1886 ‘Une Lettre de Kropotkine’, Le Révolté, January 31
‘Expropriation’, The Alarm (Chicago), March 20 “L’expropriation”, Le Révolté, 23 December 1882.
1887 ‘Prince Kropotkin’, The Freeman’s Journal (Dublin), October 27 An interview
1888 ‘Anarchy in the Evolution of Socialism’, The Alarm (Chicago), January 14, 28, February 11 Translation of L’Anarchie dans l’Evolution Socialiste (Paris: Le Révolté, 1887), better known as The Place of Anarchism in Socialistic Evolution.
‘Le Lendemain de la Révolution’, La Révolte, 31 March Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘Expropriation’, The Alarm (Chicago), April 28 Part III of “Expropriation” in Words of a Rebel.
‘Order and Disorder’, The Alarm (Chicago), June 23 “Order” in Words of a Rebel.
‘Power of Minorities’, The Alarm (Chicago), June 30 “Revolutionary Minorities”, Words of a Rebel
‘The Situation Today’, The Alarm (Chicago), July 7 “The Situation”, Words of a Rebel.
‘To Women of America’, The Alarm (Chicago), August 19 Letter to the Woman’s National Council, March 1888
‘Kropotkin on Proudhon’, The Alarm (Chicago), September 15 Letter to the editor
‘Appeal to the Young’, The Alarm (Chicago), November 24, December 8, 15, and 22 ‘To the Young’, Words of a Rebel.
1889 ‘Fatalité de la Révolution’, La Révolte, 7 April Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘Théorie et Pratique’, La Révolte, 29 April Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘La Grève de Londres’, La Révolte, 21 September Included along with ‘Ce que c’est qu’une gréve’, La Révolte (7 September 1889) in the pamphlet La Grande Grève des Docks (1897)
‘Égoïsme ou Solidarité ?’, La Révolte, 28 September Included in Fatalité de la révolution
1890 ‘Esclavage, Servage, Salariat’, La Révolte, July 5 Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘Possibilities of agriculture,’ The Forum, August
‘Kropotkin’s Letter’, Freedom, December Sent to Chicago Commemoration Meeting
1891 ‘L’Entente II’, La Révolte, April 11 Translated by N.W., “May Day and Anarchist Propaganda”, Freedom, 1 May 1971. Abridged.
‘Objections to Anarchism’, The Commonweal, October 17 Extract from Anarchist Communism: Its Basis and Principles
‘L’idée Anarchiste et ses Développements’, La Révolte, October 31 Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘La Propriété’, La Révolte, 14 November Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘Le Mariage’, La Révolte, 21 November Included in Fatalité de la révolution
1892 ‘Communisme, Individualisme’, La Révolte, 23 January Included in Fatalité de la révolution
‘Commemoration of the Paris Commune’, Freedom, April
‘La révolution sera-t-elle collectiviste?’, La Révolte, June 25 Published as a pamphlet in 1913.
1893 ‘Une Conférence sur l’Anarchie,’ La Révolte March 18 to September 2 Ten instalments, revised as a pamphlet Les Temps Nouveaux (conference faite à Londres), 1894
‘Sommes-Nous A La Hauteur Des Événements?’, La Révolte, May 4 Partly summarised in ‘A Word in Season’, Freedom, June 1893
1895 ‘Kropotkin on Colonisation,’ Liberty (London), March
‘The Workers’ Congress of 1896,’ Liberty (London), September
‘P. Krapotkin on Laws for the protection of property’, The Firebrand, November 24 Extract from Law and Authority (a chapter of Words of a Rebel)
1896 “Kropotkin’s Address,” Liberty (London), January Kropotkin’s speech at Sergius Stepniak’s funeral.
Note, Anarchist (Sheffield), January 20
“Kropotkin on Past and Future Communes,” Liberty (London), April Extract from the Freedom pamphlet “The Commune of Paris.”
“Agriculture,” Liberty (London), July, August, September/October
“War or Peace?” Proceedings of the International Worker’s Congress, London, July-August, 1896, Glasgow/London: The Labour Leader
‘The Trade Union Congress’, Freedom, October Unsigned – Identified by Max Nettlau
1897 ‘Kropotkin on Co-operation’, The Firebrand, April 18
‘Anarchy ‘, The Firebrand, August 1 From Words of a Rebel (“Order”)
‘Co-operation in Russia’, The American Co-Operative News, November
‘Bellamy’s “Equality”‘, The Independent, December 2
‘What Man can Obtain from the Land’, The Co-operative Wholesale Societies, Limited, England and Scotland: annual for 1897
1898 ‘Law and Authority’, Free Society, January 2, 9
‘A European Revolution Predicted’, Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW), February 8
‘Anarchist Morality’, Free Society. March 20 to April 3
‘The insurrections in Spain and Italy’, Freedom, June Handwritten draft in the Alfred Marsh papers
‘Revolutionary Government’, Free Society, June 19
‘The Wage System’, Free Society, June 26
‘Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal’, Free Society, July 17 to 31
‘The Eleventh of November’, Freedom, December Handwritten draft in the Alfred Marsh papers
1900 ‘The Revolutionary International Labor Congress,’ Free Society, March 25
‘Le manifeste du Tzar’, Le Réveil socialiste-anarchiste, March 28, April 11
‘Prince Kropotkin on Land Monopoly and Co-Operation,’ Comradeship, No. 13, April Included in Modern Science and Anarchy (2018)
‘An Urgent Need: A Labor Convention’, Freedom, September-October Unsigned – Identified by Max Nettlau
1902 Preface to the Russian edition of The Conquest of Bread, January Called Bread and Freedom in Russian.
‘Organised Vengeance called “Justice”‘, Free Society January 12 Reprinted from Freedom, October 1901
‘Revolutionary minorities”, Free Society, May 25 Chapter of Words of a Rebel (1885)
Preface to the Russian translation of Memoirs of a Revolutionist, July
‘The Spirit of Revolt’, Free Society, August 3 Extract of Words of a Rebel (1885)
‘The Labor War’, Freedom, October-November Reprinted in Free Society, December 14
1903 ‘To the unemployed’, Freedom, January
‘Place of Anarchism in Socialistic Evolution’, Free Society, February 8 to 22
‘The Reaction in the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century’, Herald (Adelaide), March 14 Presumably a translation of ‘La Réaction au commenecement du dix-neuvième siècle’, Les Temps Nouveaux, 20 December 1902.
‘Le manifeste du Tzar’, Le Réveil socialiste-anarchiste, March 28 and April 11
‘Kropotkin’s Letter to the Commune Meeting’, Freedom, April.
‘The General Strike in Holland’, Free Society, May 3 Translation of ‘Le Gréve Générale en Hollande’, Les Temps Nouveaux, 11 April 1903.
‘A chapter from Prince Kropotkin’, The Craftsman, June A chapter from Mutual Aid (The Medieval City)
1904 ‘La guerre russo-japonaise: Lettre de Kropotkine’, Le Soir, February 26
‘The War in the Far East’, The Speaker: The Liberal Review, March 5 Reprinted as ‘The War in the Far East,’ Free Society, April 3
‘Europeans in Western Asia’, The Speaker, March 19
‘Préface à l’édition italienne des “Paroles d’un révolt锑, Le Réveil socialiste-anarchiste, June 4 Included in Direct Struggle Against Capital (2014) and Words of a Rebel (2018)
‘The Jews in Russia,’ The Speaker, June 25
‘A Character Sketch of the Tsar’, The Speaker, August 6 and 13
‘Herbert Spencer’, Free Society, October 9 to 30
‘The New Departure in Russia’, The Speaker, 26 November
1905 ‘A New Work on International law’, The Speaker: The Liberal Review, April 1
‘The Revolution in Russia and the General Strike’, Freedom November-December Signed “S.” but translated under Kropotkin’s name as ‘L’Action directe et la Grève générale en Russie’, Les Temps Nouveaux, 2 December 1905
1906 ‘Anarchy in the Evolution of Socialism’, The Liberator, 7 and 14 January 1906 Presumably a reprint of the version which appeared in The Alarm (Chicago) in 1888.
‘The Revolution in Russia’, The Liberator, 14 January Presumably a reprint of ‘The Revolution in Russia’, Freedom, November/December 1905
‘The Revolution in Russia’, Freedom, June Reprinted in Mother Earth, July 1906
Letter on Rural Home Letters, The Speaker, March 10
‘“Administrative Exile” in Russia’, The Times, October 19 Letter to the editor
‘A Glimpse into the Future’, Freedom, May Extract from The Conquest of Bread (Part VI, Chapter XVII: Agriculture)
1907 ‘The conquest of bread: Prince Kropotkin’s views on the relation of art to life, science to labor and machinery to the domestic problem’, The Craftsman, September
1908 ‘The Scientific Basis of Anarchy’, Labor Call (Melbourne), July 9 Reprint of ‘The Scientific Basis of Anarchy’, The Nineteenth Century, February 1887
‘Appeal to the Young’, Labor Call (Melbourne), August 13
1909 ‘”La grande Révolution” (1789-1793)’, Le Réveil socialiste-anarchiste, May 1 A chapter from The Great French Revolution, 1789-1793 (‘Le mouvement communiste’)
‘The Tsar’s Visit’, The Times, July 29 Letter to the editor
‘Insurrecciones y Revolucion,’ Tierra y Libertad, August 3 Abridged translation of ‘Insurrection et révolution’, Les Temps Nouveaux, 6 August 1910
1910 ‘Tolstoy’s Influence in Russia’, The Independent, December 1
‘Production et consommation’, La Voix du Peuple, December 31
‘Une évasion’, La Voix du Peuple, February 25
1911 ‘Les mouchards’, La Voix du Peuple, May 20
‘Kropotkin on Socialists’, The International Socialist (Sydney) June 17 Extract from Mutual Aid (Chapter 8: Mutual Aid Amongst Ourselves)
‘L’ordre’, La Voix du Peuple, August 19
‘Une page d’histoire’, La Voix du Peuple, April 6
‘Agreeable Work’, Westralian Worker (Perth, WA), October 6
1912 ‘Fifteen Millions Starving: Prince Kropotkin on the Russian Famine’, The Telegraph (Brisbane), June 10
‘An Open Letter from Prince Kropotkin’, The Socialist (Melbourne), June 21 Reprint of ‘An Appeal to the American and British Workmen,’ Freedom and Mother Earth, June 1912
‘The Massacre of the Lena Miners’, The International Socialist (Sydney) June 29 Reprint of ‘An Appeal to the American and British Workmen,’ Freedom and Mother Earth, June 1912
‘Une lettre de Pierre Kropotkine’, La Voix du Peuple, December 21
‘Une autre lettre’, La Voix du Peuple, December 28
‘Un journal’, La Voix du Peuple, February 1
1913 Speech at meeting, Les Temps Nouveaux, June 14 Account of speech given by Kropotkin in the article “En l’honneur de P. Kropotkine” by J. Guérin as recalled by an attendee.
‘Lettere dalla Svizzera’, Avant!, July 16 Interview with Kropotkin with the subheading: “A seventy-year-old young man! After six decades! – If Germany invaded France… – The general strike in case of war – Desertion is not useful!”
Letter to Anarchist Congress, Les Temps Nouveaux, August 23 Included in the article ‘Notre Congrès’
‘Un souvenir’, La Vie ouvrière, 20 February On James Guillaume as part of a special issue marking his 70th birthday.
1914 ‘L’entraide’, La Voix du Peuple, June 20 to July 18
‘A propos de la cause de la guerre’, La Voix du Peuple, December 12 Also published in Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, 12 December 1914
1917 ‘An Open Letter of Peter Kropotkin to the Western Workingmen’, The Railway Review, June 29
‘After Forty Years’ Exile: Kropotkin's Farewell’, Worker (Brisbane), October 18 Presumably a reprint of ‘Kropotkin’s Farewell Letter’, Freedom, July 1917
1919 Preface to Russian edition of The Conquest of Bread, June
Preface to Russian edition of Words of a Rebel, December Included in Words of a Rebel (2018)
Afterward to Russian edition of Words of a Rebel, December Included in Direct Struggle Against Capital (2014) and revised in Words of a Rebel (2018)
1920 ‘Kropotkin’s Letter’, The Sun (Kalgoorlie), April 18 Reprint of Kropotkin’s 28 April 1919 letter to Georg Brandes. The article notes it had appeared in L’Humanité and the Manchester Guardian.
‘Une lettre de Kropotkine’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, July 31
‘Une Lettre de Pierre Kropotkine’, Les Temps Nouveaux: Revue Internationale des Idees Communistes Libertaires, August 15 A translation of “Letter to the Workers of the Western World” (1920)
‘Kropotkin’s Message’, The Socialist (Melbourne), September 24, October 1 Reprint of ‘Message to the Workers of the Western World’, Labour Leader, 22 July 1920
1921 ‘Une Lettre de Pierre Kropotkine’, Les Temps Nouveaux: Revue Internationale des Idees Communistes Libertaires, June-July
‘Le gouvernement (1886)’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, June 11
‘L’Anarchie – L’Anarchie dans l’évolution socialiste (1886)’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, June 25
‘Choses de Russie: lettre de Pierre Kropotkine à Alexandre Atabekian et article nécrologique de Alexandra-P. Kropotkine’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, July 9
‘Une Lettre de Kropotkine’, Le Libertaire, July 22 A letter written in August 1920
‘Tout est à tous (1886)’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, July 23
1922 ‘Lettres reçues de Pierre Kropotkine’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, February 11
‘Le réveil ouvrier (1903)’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, February 11
‘L’amoindrissement des Idées (1907)’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, February 24
1923 ‘Fragments from Kropotkin’s Uncollected Works’ and ‘Miscellaneous Letters To’, Peter Kropotkin: the rebel, thinker, and humanitarian, Free Spirit Press, Berkeley Heights, N.J., Short extracts of articles which appeared in Act For Yourselves (1988) and Letters to various people sent at various times, including Luigi Bertoni and Georg Brandes.
1924 ‘Ce n’est pas Machin qui a écrit cela… C’est l’Anarchiste Pierre Kropotkine’, La Vie Ouvrier, August 15 A pro-war letter written in September 1914
1925 ‘Lettres de Pierre Kropotkine’, Le Réveil communiste-anarchiste, 3 January Three letters, including one to Georges Herzig which was later reprinted as “Une Lettre de Kropotkine” in Le Réveil anarchiste, 9 January 1932 and included in Words of a Rebel (2022)
‘La fédération comme un moyen d’union’, Plus Loin, May 15
1926 ‘Bakounine’, Plus Loin, June 15
1927 ‘Une lettre de P. Kropotkine sur l’individualisme – P. Kropotkine et M. Nettlau’, Plus Loin, February 15
1929 ‘La législation du travail’, Le Réveil anarchiste, May 1 La Révolte, 26 April 1890
‘Un logement’, Le Réveil anarchiste, May 18
1930 ‘Révolution sociale et reconstruction économique’, Le Réveil anarchiste, May 1, 17 A translation of the Afterward of the 1919 Russian edition of Words of a Rebel.
1931 ‘Dumartheray jugé par Kropotkine’, Le Réveil anarchiste, September 1931
1932 ‘Une lettre de Kropotkine à Herzig et Dumartheray (30 Juin 1886)’, Le Réveil anarchiste, June 30
‘Conclusion’, Le Réveil anarchiste, 22 October Conclusion of Fields, Factories and Workshops.
1934 ‘Trop de théorie?’, Le Réveil anarchiste, July 8 La Révolte, 5 December 1890
1935 ‘Le Capital et la Révolution’, Le Réveil anarchiste, February 16 ‘Le Capital de la Révolution’, La Révolte, 7 March 1891
‘L’entente’, Le Réveil anarchiste, February 16 ‘L’Entente II’, La Révolte, 11 April 1891

[1] “Sages and Movements: An Incomplete Peter Kropotkin Bibliography”, Anarchist Studies (volume 22, number 1) and “Kropotkin, Woodcock and Les Temps Nouveaux”, Anarchist Studies (volume 23, number 1).

[2] Nicolas Walter, “Kropotkin’s Anarchist Communism,” The Anarchist Past and other essays (Nottingham: Five Leaves Publications, 2007), 112. Sadly he never published this list.

[3] “Order and Anarchy: A Statement of the Principles of Capitalism and Anarchism”, The Alarm, 13 December 1884 (“L’Ordre”, Le Révolté, 1 October 1881 – later included as Chapter IX of Words of a Rebel)

[4] “Expropriation”, The Alarm (Chicago), 20 March 1886 (“L’expropriation”, Le Révolté, 23 December 1882 – later included as section III of Chapter XIX of Words of a Rebel). It is interesting to note that this article contained lessons from the 1877 Great Railroad Strike which many of the I.W.P.A. had been part of or saw first-hand.

[5] I should note that this makes some of my “Bibliographical Sketch” in the new edition of Words of a Rebel (PM Press, 2022) incorrect as English translations of certain chapters had first appeared in The Alarm rather than in the 1992 edition of that book published by Black Rose. I must also note, that as well as appearing in The Alarm, the Anarchist in Sheffield serialised several chapters of Words of a Rebel between March 1894 and March 1895.

[6] “Les Grèves Anglaises”, La Révolte, 21 February 1891.

[7] For example, “Le Mouvement Ouvrier En Angleterre”, La Révolte, 13 September 1890.

[8] “Anarchists and the Labour Movement”, The Commonweal, 7 November 1891.

[9] Ibid.

[10] See, for example, the three-part article “1st May 1891” included in Direct Struggle Against Capital.

[11] The relevant articles can be found as “Supplementary Material” in Words of a Rebel (PM Press, 2022).

[12] Memoirs of a Revolutionist (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1989), 420.

[13] See my “Precursors of Syndicalism III: Kropotkin’s Anarchist Communism”, Anarcho-Syndicalist Review 77 (Summer 2019) and “Precursors of Syndicalism IV: The Anarchist-Communist Critique”, Anarcho-Syndicalist Review 78 (Winter 2020)

[14] Matthew S. Adams, Kropotkin, Read, and the Intellectual History of British Anarchism: Between Reason and Romanticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 144.

[15] “The Scientific Basis of Anarchy”, The Nineteenth Century, February 1887 and “The Coming Anarchy”, The Nineteenth Century, August 1887. These were included (without their footnotes) by Albert Parsons in his 1887 collection Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Scientific Basis as Defined by Some of Its Apostles (Chicago: Lucy E. Parsons, 1887).

[16] “L’Ordre” Le Révolté, 1 October 1881 (included as chapter IX – “Order” – of Words of a Rebel).

[17] Lest we forget, Kropotkin contributed to the ninth, tenth and eleventh editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (published between 1875 and 1911), although his entry on “Anarchism” for the eleventh edition is undoubtedly the most famous and the one which is best remembered and republished.