Peter Kropotkin
Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin was a Russian
Russian Empire
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 zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, economist
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, geographer
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, author
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 and one of the world's foremost anarcho-communist
Anarchist communism
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s. Kropotkin advocated a communist
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 society free from central government
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 and based on voluntary associations between workers. Because of his title of prince
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, he was known by some as "the Anarchist Prince". Some contemporaries saw him as leading a near perfect life, including Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
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, who described him as "a man with a soul of that beautiful white Christ
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 which seems coming out of Russia." He wrote many books, pamphlets and articles, the most prominent being The Conquest of Bread
The Conquest of Bread
The Conquest of Bread is a book by the anarchist communist Peter Kropotkin. Originally written in French, it first appeared as a series of articles in the anarchist journals Le Révolté and La Revolté . It was first published as a book in Paris in 1892 with a preface by Élisée Reclus, who also...

and Fields, Factories and Workshops
Fields, Factories and Workshops
Fields, Factories and Workshops: or Industry Combined with Agriculture and Brain Work with Manual Work is a landmark anarchist text by Peter Kropotkin, and arguably one of the most influential and positive statements of the anarchist political philosophy. It is viewed by many as the central work of...

, and his principal scientific
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 offering, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution is a book by Peter Kropotkin on the subject of mutual aid, written while he was living in exile in England. It was first published by William Heinemann in London in October 1902...


You know how I always believe in the future ... Without disorder, the revolution is impossible; knowing that, I did not lose hope, and I do not lose it now.

Letter to a friend (November 1920), as quoted in Peter Kropotkin : From Prince to Rebel (1990) by George Woodcock and Ivan Avakumovic, p. 428