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Anarchism

The 80's-exhibition with IISH material
The 1980S, Todays Beginnings? Is an exhibition in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven from 16 April  until 25 September 2016.A mix...
Drama in Archives (2)
Archives are rarely dull; all that is needed is enough perception to see the drama of the whole human condition, the romance even...
English Provo-App launched at IISH
On June 5th Annemarie de Wildt from the Amsterdam Museum launched the English version of the iProvo-App. The free app, developed...
Provo at 50
Fifty years ago in Amsterdam, Provo was born, a youth movement that provoked lawful authorities, the monarchy, and 'the mindless...
Anarchist kills Empress Sissi
Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria-Hungary rejected being surrounded by bodyguards. She was stabbed on 10 September 1898 before...
Tropical Labour
Navigation on the Panama Canal formally commenced on August 15, 1914. Between 1904 and 1914, tens of thousands of labourers from...
Anarchist Cigar Makers
The immigrant-populated cigar manufacturing town of Ybor City, Tampa, Florida was founded in the 1880s. Circular migration...
Peruvian Pariahs
Anarchist ideas and publications circulated widely in Peru by the first decade of the 20th century. Manuel González Prada, an...
Black Army of the Ukraine
The Russian Revolution of 1917 led to a fresh upsurge in the anarchist movement in the Ukraine. Nestor Makhno, who had been the...
Eastern Anarchist League
About 60 anarchists from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and India gathered in the autumn of 1927 to organise the Eastern...
Little Italy in Egypt
The construction of the Suez Canal required large numbers of Italian workers before being completed on 17 November 1869. That...
Emma Goldman Papers
“But I have nearly all your letters since our deportation. There are so many it would take me weeks to find our correspondence...
Three Generations of Spanish Anarchists
In 2013 the collection department of the IISH inventoried the papers of three Spaniards whose personal biographies, although...
Provo and chronicler of the Sixties Movement in Amsterdam
The IISH owns a large collection on the sixties and seventies in Amsterdam: Provo, Roel van Duijn, Robert Jasper Grootveld,...
Propagandist and Assassin
On August 4, 1878 the Russian anarchist and nihilist Sergei Stepniak-Kravchinskii assassinated Nikolai Mezentsov, the head of...
Reading Anarchism
Reading Anarchism is a series of events that examine the anarchist theoretical tradition. Reading Anarchism is part of an...
Search Warrant for Emma Goldman
The American anarchist Emma Goldman was considered already a dangerous woman in the 1890s. She was associated with the attempt on...
Funeral March
Many people came to bury Russia's internationally known anarchist Peter Kropotkin on 13 February 1921. The burial committee had...
Last Stamp of the FAI
When it became clear that the Spanish Republicans were losing the Civil War, contacts between the IISH and the anarchist...
Bomb in Barcelona
On June 7, 1896, a bomb exploded amidst a religious procession in Cambios Nuevos, Barcelona, which caused a drummer corporal and...
Hypocritical
The French adventurer and anarchist Zo d'Axa (1864-1930) exposed all kinds of misbehaviour in his magazine l'Endehors. In his...
"Bullets Pass, Mussolini Stays"
"Bullets pass, Mussolini stays", announced Mussolini after escaping from an attack in September 1926. On 31 October of that same...
Antecedents of José Ester Borras
As an anarchist, José Ester Borras (1913-1980) fled from Spain to France. There he was active in the underground during the...
Anarchist International
Well-known anarchists including Errico Malatesta, Emma Goldman, and Rudolf Rocker convened in Amsterdam from 25 to 31 August 1907...
Internationale Situationniste
A group of experimental artists and intellectuals establishes the Situationist International during a two-day conference in Italy...
Open the Grave
`Honouring the dead, the convicted, and the dead still to be killed' was the theme of the first real happening in Amsterdam on 9...
Pa Chin translates Kropotkin
One of China's most famous writers, Li Pei Kan (Li Peigan, 1904-2005), took the name of Pa Chin (Ba Jin), honoring his important...
Modern School
Francisco Ferrer Guardia (1859-1909) was a freemason, an atheist and a radical educational reformer who felt affinity with...
Deported to Holland
Rudolf Rocker, born in 1873 in Mainz of Catholic parents, became an anarchist and settled in London at the end of the nineteenth...
Reunion
A reunion of old friends at a meeting of the Argentinian Federación Libertaria on 27 December 1958. The Italian Luce Fabbri, the...
Perspectives for Uruguay
The Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) in July 1957 reported that "never before in the history of the world have prospects for...
Bakunin at Peace Conference
Together with the Lausanne conference of the First International, a conference of the League for Peace and Liberty was hold at...
La Tramontana
Anarchists in Catalonia in 1881 founded the satirical magazine La Tramontana, named after a local wind. This wind, according to...
Three Regenerations
The Mexican anarchist periodical Regeneración number 1, volume 1, April 1, 1937, harks back to an earlier magazine with a similar...
La Protesta
In the 1880s immigration to the Argentine Republic increased rapidly. The many poor newcomers were receptive to socialist and...
Anarchists Executed
On 11 November 1887 the prison in Illinois was preparing for the execution of Parsons, Spies, Fischer, and Engel, the Haymarket...
Sacco and Vanzetti in Court
On 14 July 1921 the trial against Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti began in Massachusetts. They were accused of murder in the...
Terrorism and Anarchism
In February 1894 a bomb placed by an anarchist in Paris created an enormous fear of anarchism. This was the background for...
Mounted police horses get LSD
The Provos, Amsterdam anarchists, became widely known for their protests against the monarchy: including smoke bombs on Princess...
Max Nettlau
In 1935 collector Max Nettlau sold his anarchist papers to the IISH. In well-informed circles, Max Nettlau was known as the '...
José Martínez Guerricabeitia
José Martinez Guerricabeitia was born on June 18, 1921 to a family of anarcho-syndicalists near Valencia (Spain). After having...
Photos from the Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has been called the first media-war in history. Idealistic film makers and photographers like...
Provo Provokes
The first issue of PROVO (Amsterdam, 12 July 1965) featured traditional anarchist ideology and recipes for homemade dynamite and...
Max Nettlau (1865-1944)
In well-informed circles, Max Nettlau was known as the 'Herodotus of Anarchy', the first and greatest historian of the anarchist...
Kropotkin's Funeral
The funeral of the famous anarchist Peter Kropotkin in Moscow on 13 February 1921 grew into a monumental demonstration. This was...
War Commentary
In November 1944 the police raided the London offices of Freedom Press, the centre of the anarchist press in England. The police...
Peter van Straaten & Jo Spier
Virtuoze tekenaars van het Nederlandse levenDe expositie geeft een uniek beeld van het werk van de Nederlandse tekenboegbeelden....
Emma Goldman
In September 1895 a "very dangerous anarchist woman from New York" was searched by the Amsterdam police.This woman was Emma...
French Revolutionary Songs
Every revolution has its own songs. In France, the birthplace of revolution, the tradition of protest songs has been strongly...
Anarchist Assaults
A series of bloody assaults by anarchists spread great panic in fin-de-siècle Europe. For the first time in history, they aimed...
A. Berkman, Der Kronshtater oyfshtand
A protest against the repression of the revolt of the Russian sailors by the Bolshevik authorities in Leningrad in 1921.  From...
P. Kropotkin, Gesets un oytoritet
One of the many examples of 'classic' anarchist texts translated into Yiddish. 
Socialist-revolutionary and anarchist propaganda
Click to see an enlarged picture, additional information and following pages if available Kamf un kemfer  B. Feigenbaum, Vi kumt...
Hagode shel pesakh: The Hagada
The Yiddish revolutionary propagandists tried to give Jewish tradition and the traditional Jewish festivals a new and socialist...
Yoysef Bovshover's Poeziyen
Yoysef Bovhover (1873-1915) who had just arrived in the United States from Riga when Dovid Edelshtat died, wrote an elegy on...
Dovid Edelshtat, revolutionary Yiddish poet
After his emigration to the United States Dovid Edelshtat (1866-1892) started writing Yiddish poems of protest and wrath and...
Exhibitions of Highlights of the Yiddish Collection
Five exhibitions of posters, photos and other documents 1. The Bund in pictures2. The Bund and Elections in Interbellum Poland3....
Debat: Domela Nieuwenhuis, een romantisch revolutionair
Boekpresentatie en debat georganiseerd in samenwerking met Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis (IISG)Weinig...
Domela Nieuwenhuis, romantisch revolutionair
Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis (1846-1919), Nederlands beroemdste socialist, anarchist, 'us ferlosser'voor de Friezen, heeft...
Labour Organizations and Sexuality
Workshop held by the Institut d'Histoire Contemporaine, Université de Bourgogne, Third session in a series of workshops on...
Robert Jasper Grootveld
"Dat de twintigste eeuw niet in zijn geheel ongemerkt aan dit land voorbij is gegaan, is eigenlijk maar te danken aan één persoon...
Socialism and Sexuality
Begun in 1997 by Francis Ronsin (University of Burgundy, Dijon, France) and other scholars associated with the Institute of...
Free Love and the Labour Movement
Second session in a series of workshops on Socialism and Sexuality.  This seminar explored the sexual ideologies and behaviours...
Anton Constandse
In September 2008 the IISH was happy to receive an important addition to its rich archive on the anarchist, Anton Constandse....
Anarchists and Democrats in Russia
The Democratic Movement in Russia, 1985-2005 Collection is a personal collection of Aleksandr Ermakov, activist in the democratic...
Colin Ward
The archive of the British anarchist and publicist Colin Ward (1924-2010) was donated to the IISH in 2010. Colin Ward became...
Federación Anarquista Ibérica
The Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI) started in 1927 as a clandestine organization of Spanish and Portuguese anarchists and it...
Archivo de Fernando Gómez Peláez
Reader Report (2001)La actividad militante de Fernando Gómez Peláez, durante el exilio español en Francia, estuvo estrechamente...
Liberto Sarrau Royes
In 2002 the IISH received from Joaquina Dorado in Paris the personal papers of Liberto Sarrau Royes, following his death in 2001...
José Peirats Valls
José Peirats Valls was born in Vall d'Uxó in the province of Castellón on 15 March 1908 and died in Burriana near his place of...
Ramón Álvarez Palomo
In 2004 the IISH received the personal papers of Ramón Álvarez Palomo (Ramonín), a leader in the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist...
José Ester Borrás
On 26 October 1913, José Ester Borrás was born in Berga (province of Barcelona, Spain). He was active in the anarchist youth and...
Domela Nieuwenhuis Letters
In 2000 the IISH received nearly two hundred letters that the well-known socialist and anarchist leader Ferdinand Domela...
Anarchism Collection Guide
The IISH is the most important worldwide repository of anarchist records and papers. Indeed, a vast anarchist collection was...
Bakunin Collected
On September 16, 2000, the Institute presented Mikhail Bakunin's Oeuvres complètes on a CD-ROM containing all known texts written...
An Extraordinary Bookcase
In 2010, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, exhibited various designs by the Dutch architect Robert van 't...
Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940
Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist history during the era of the first globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have...
Anarchism, Revolution and Reaction
The period from 1898 to 1923 was a particularly dramatic one in Spanish history; it culminated in the violent Barcelona 'labor...
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