Dr Rob Knowles
Dr Rob Knowles
Honorary Research Fellow
BA(Hons) Murdoch University, WA
PhD University of Queensland
Contact Details:
Email: r.knowles@uq.edu.au
Research Interests:
Non-state notions of economy and community; political and social dissent, especially communitarian anarchism; the social history of ideas; ethnographic history. Focus on nineteenth century Europe but also global from the French Revolution to today.
Selected Recent Publications:
  • Political Economy from Below: Economic Thought in Communitarian Anarchism, 1840-1914, New York: Routledge, 2004.
Paperback and ebook editions were published by Routledge in 2013.
Reviewed by:
Frederic S Lee, History of Economics Review, Hobart: Summer 2005, Issue 42, p.120.
Eric Laursen, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, Vol.9, No.1, Fall 2005, p.54. The review can be accessed in the essay titled "Reclaiming a 'Hidden' Tradition: Is Anarchist Economics Hitting the Mainstream?" here: http://tinyurl.com/lhbf7oy
John Quail, Anarchist Studies, Vol.15, No.2, 2007.
Stuart Rosewarne, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol.53, No.3, 2007, pp.465-504.
 Book Chapters:
  • "Tolstoy's Henry George: 'the first step on the rung of the ladder…'", in John Laurent (ed.) Henry George's Legacy in Economic Thought, Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2005.
Book reviewed by:
Richard Giles, The Queensland Journal of Labour History, No.3, September 2006, pp.47-48.
  • "Kropotkin And Reclus: Geographers, Evolution, and 'Mutual Aid'", in John Laurent (ed.) Evolutionary Economics and Human Nature, Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2003.
See book description at: http://tinyurl.com/8whoh6h
Refereed Journal Articles:
  • (with John R. Owen) "Karl Polanyi for Historians: An Alternative Economic Narrative", The European Legacy, Vol.13, Issue 2, 2008.
  • "Human Light: The Mystical Religion of Mikhail Bakunin", The European Legacy, Vol.7, Issue 1, 2002.
  • "Carlyle, Ruskin, Morris: Work across the 'river of fire'", History of Economics Review, Special Issue in Honour of Ray Petridis, Issue No.34, Summer 2001.
Published in July 2013 in Japanese. See Essays on Carlyle, Ruskin and Morris, Shoji Sato (ed.), The Ruskin Papers Press, Tokyo, Japan, June 2013.
  • "Political Economy from Below: Communitarian Anarchism as a Neglected Discourse in Histories of Economic Thought", History of Economics Review, No.31 Winter 2000.
This essay can be accessed at: Dana Ward's "Anarchy Archives" at: http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/kropotkin/Knowles.html
and also at the "Research on Anarchism" web site at: http://raforum.info/spip.php?article2183
Privately published in Japanese by Shoji Sato, Yokohama, Japan, June 2013.

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