Chaos and Utopia
The Anarchists in the Russian Revolution and Civil War
By Peter Mentzel
This article appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of The Independent Review
Were the Russian anarchists doomed to be crushed or co-opted by the Bolsheviks for reasons inherent in their ideology, such as anarchist theorys ambivalence about power? The highly effective military and political organization of Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno (18891935) suggests not.