Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

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Demanding the Impossible A fascinating and comprehensive history, 'Demanding the Impossible' is a challenging and thought-provoking exploration of anarchist ideas and actions from ancient times to the present day. Full description

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'Massive, scholarly, genuinely internationalist and highly enjoyable.’ David Widgery, Observer

'An exhaustive and authoritative study which is bound to become the standard account.’ John Gray, The Times

'Indispensable.' Richard Boston, Guardian

'This is the most comprehensive account of anarchist thought ever written. Marshall's knowledge is formidable and his enthusiasm engaging.' J.P. Pick, Scotsman

'Large, labyrinthine, tentative: for me these are all adjectives of praise when applied to works of history, and Demanding the Impossible meets all of them.’ George Woodcock, Independent

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Peter Marshall is a historian, philosopher, biographer and travel writer. He has written fifteen books, has taught at several British universities and occasionally works in broadcasting. He lives in Devon.

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