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7 March 1904
Manuel González Prada

Peruvian Pariahs

Anarchist ideas and publications circulated widely in Peru by the first decade of the 20th century. Manuel González Prada, an aristocrat and poet, and a handful of radical immigrant intellectuals based in Lima facilitated the dissemination of anarchist thought. Simultaneously, a nucleus of self-taught craftsmen inspired by the writings of Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin and Malatesta, spearheaded a movement to organise workers based on anarcho-syndicalist doctrine. Anarcho-syndicalism would become the dominant radical ideology of Peru's fledgling labour movement. In March 1904, the first anarchist magazine appeared: Los Parias (The Pariahs).


Read more? Steven J. Hirsch, 'Peruvian Anarcho-Syndicalism: adapting transnational influences and forging counterhegemonic practices' in: Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World 1870-1940 (Leiden 2010)

More info: Los Parias, holdings in IISH collection, Anarchism and Syndicalism (Publication)