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9-4-2021 3:15 PM

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9-4-2021 4:50 PM

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Nestor Ivanovich Makhno (1889-1934), Ukraine -- History -- Revolution (1917-1921), Anarchists -- Ukraine -- History

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Anarchism was one of the most prominent revolutionary left-wing movements in 19th and 20th century Europe, even contending as a philosophy with Marxism in many socialist circles. However, anarchism is generally believed today to be unrealistic and impractical as a political ideology. When looking at the modern historical record though, this does not always seem to be the case. I plan to explore whether the Makhnovist movement in the Ukraine from 1917-1921 provides an exception to the idea that anarchist movements are never viable. This movement, guided in large part by anarcho-communist Nestor Makhno, was one of the first to take modern anarchism from theory into practice. Although its existence was brief and its ability to fully realize anarchist ideals was limited by the circumstances of the time, the question must be asked: does the Makhnovist movement serve as an example of practical anarchism?

PART OF SESSION 4D. ORDER AND DISORDER:

Comment: Bradley Franco, University of Portland
Chair: Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University

Petra Ellerby, Western Washington University, undergraduate student
“May the Grass Grow Long: Hierarchy and Destruction in Ancient Mesopotamian Lamentation”

Zion G. Flores, Eastern Washington University, undergraduate student
“Practical Anarchism: The Makhnovist Movement in the Ukraine, 1917–1921”

Gabrielle Goodwin, University of Idaho, undergraduate student
“Changes in the Relationship Between the Horus and Seth: Set-tling the Score”

Mary Sweeney, Seattle University, undergraduate student
“Cursing in Medieval England: ‘By God’s Bones’ and Other Obscenities and Expletives”

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Practical Anarchism: The Makhnovist Movement in the Ukraine, 1917–1921

Anarchism was one of the most prominent revolutionary left-wing movements in 19th and 20th century Europe, even contending as a philosophy with Marxism in many socialist circles. However, anarchism is generally believed today to be unrealistic and impractical as a political ideology. When looking at the modern historical record though, this does not always seem to be the case. I plan to explore whether the Makhnovist movement in the Ukraine from 1917-1921 provides an exception to the idea that anarchist movements are never viable. This movement, guided in large part by anarcho-communist Nestor Makhno, was one of the first to take modern anarchism from theory into practice. Although its existence was brief and its ability to fully realize anarchist ideals was limited by the circumstances of the time, the question must be asked: does the Makhnovist movement serve as an example of practical anarchism?

PART OF SESSION 4D. ORDER AND DISORDER:

Comment: Bradley Franco, University of Portland
Chair: Steven Garfinkle, Western Washington University

Petra Ellerby, Western Washington University, undergraduate student
“May the Grass Grow Long: Hierarchy and Destruction in Ancient Mesopotamian Lamentation”

Zion G. Flores, Eastern Washington University, undergraduate student
“Practical Anarchism: The Makhnovist Movement in the Ukraine, 1917–1921”

Gabrielle Goodwin, University of Idaho, undergraduate student
“Changes in the Relationship Between the Horus and Seth: Set-tling the Score”

Mary Sweeney, Seattle University, undergraduate student
“Cursing in Medieval England: ‘By God’s Bones’ and Other Obscenities and Expletives”