Nationalism and Culture
This is the complete, unabridged edition of Nationalism and Culture by Rudolf Rocker: hard cover, fine binding with full bibliography added by publisher, $25.75. Shipping included in price. This is NOT a used book, though it is priced like one.
I discovered Nationalism and Culture in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. My first reaction to it was anger. I didn’t like what Rudolf Rocker wrote. He was wrong, dead wrong. But for some reason I kept reading and by the time I finished Chapter Three I had a new perspective on life. With the precision of a fine surgeon, Rudolf Rocker dissects the State in all its manifestations and shows how and why, throughout the course of history, the State has been the principal enemy of human social life and cultural development. Nationalism and Culture had been out of print since 1947 when I republished it in 1978. I added an extensive bibliography to the earlier Rocker Publications Committee book. The bibliography lists resources holding significant collections of material by and about Rudolf Rocker. At the time I republished the expanded book, both Nationalism and Culture and its author had been consigned to obscurity. Little did I know at the time, but the republishing of this book began a renewed interest in Rudolf Rocker and his many contributions to libertarian history and thought.
When I published it, I committed to subsidizing its sale because the book meant so much to me. This is Rudolf Rocker’s masterpiece packaged in a deluxe edition: the value surpasses the cost by far. You won’t find a finer edition anywhere and you certainly won’t find one anywhere near this price. When I published the book in 1978, it was, in part, a tribute to those who sacrificed so much years before to make this book possible. As part of that tribute, I determined I would hold the price on the book to a minimum. Nationalism and Culture is available from us for $20, plus shipping. Please compare to the price Amazon.com charges. You’ll be happy you did.
The great libertarian editor and writer Roy Childs said of Nationalism and Culture:
You will love this book. It’s one of the most important books written about political philosophy in the 20th Century. Far too few people, too few libertarians in particular, know it.
Byron Fraser wrote an extensive review of Nationalism And Culture which you can find here
For an interesting companion book which provides a fast-paced account of Rudolf Rocker’s life in England during World War I, see another book I have published, written by Rudolf’s son, Fermin, titled 33 Dunstan Houses. In late 2015 I republished a magnificent book of essays by Rudolf Rocker called The Six. For anyone interested in Rudolf Rocker, these books make a fine introduction to the man and his work.
To read to another insightful review of Nationalism and Culture, this by Jeff Riggenbach, check out this Mises Daily article. Back in 1980 Merritt Clifton did a review of the book in The Book Mart newspaper. This Clifton review was one of the earliest done of the book after I published it.
One of the items I added to the original edition of Nationalism and Culture was an extensive bibliography listing the books, articles and pamphlets written by and about Rudolf Rocker and a listing of where these publications could be located in libraries in the United States and in Europe. There’s more about this valuable research tool at Rudolf Rocker Bibliography Available
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