Freedom News

Book Review: The Makhnovshchina and Its Aftermath

“Black Cat Press have (again) added to what we know about the Makhnovist movement,” the Kate Sharpley Library says in its latest Bulletin. The Makhnovshchina and Its Aftermath: Documents from the movement and its survivorsNestor Makhno, Galina Kuzmenko, Peter Rybin, Vsevolod Voline; translated by Malcolm Archibald and Paul Sharkey;edited by Malcolm ArchibaldBlack Cat Press2021ISBN 9781926878249

Out soon: A Towering Flame: The Life and Times of the Elusive Latvian Anarchist Peter the Painter

Breviary Stuff Publications are soon to publish the researches of Phil Ruff which have identified Peter the Painter as the Latvian anarchist Jānis Žāklis (and given details of the rest of his remarkable life). The book launch, organised by the Bristol Radical History Group is happening at the Cube Cinema on Monday 3rd June 2019.

Radical lit roundup

KSL’s quick roundup of recent anarchist books on 19th century history, First World War syndicalism and enigmatic figure Peter The Painter. The Red Flag of Anarchy: A History of Socialism & Anarchism in Sheffield 1874-1900  by Andy Lee ISBN: 978-1-999714-40-6 PP: 176 AK Press 2017 A wonderful account of Sheffield’s radical history (and of digging it out: go to