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Max Nomad

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Name  Max Nomad
Role  Author
Died  April 18, 1973, New York City, New York, United States
Education  University of Vienna (1900–1903)
Books  Aspects of Revolt, Rebels and Renegades
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada

Max Nomad (1881, Buchach, Halychyna, now Ukraine – 1973) is the pseudonym of Austrian author and educator Max(imilian) Nacht. In his youth he had espoused militant anarchism and in the 1920s he was a follower of the Bolshevik Revolution. From the 1940s he was for many years a politics lecturer in the USA.



Born in 1881, into a wealthy Jewish family from Buchach, eastern Halychyna, now Ukraine, he was influenced by the thought of anarchist Jan Waclaw Machajski. Before World War I, he lived in Austria and attended the University of Vienna. Max, his older brother Siegfried Shlomo Nacht (born in Vienna in 1878; died in 1956) and, sometimes, Senna Hoy in Zurich from 1903 to 1907 edited five volumes of the militant journal Der Weckruf (The Alarm) Siegfried, later Stephen, Nacht emigrated to the United States of America at the end of 1912, Max followed in 1913. He wrote pro-soviet articles in the 1920s using the pen-name Max Nomad. He distanced himself from Stalinism in 1929. Writing in Scribner's Magazine in 1934, he coined the phrase capitalism without capitalists regarding the Soviet Union.

A Guggenheim Fellow in 1937, he became a lecturer in politics and history at New York University, the New School for Social Research and the Rand School.

Works of Max Nomad

  • Die revolutionare Bewegung in Rusland. Neues Leben, Berlin 1902
  • Arnold Roller (Siegfried Nacht), Max Nacht (eds,.): Rebellen-Lieder 1906
  • Rebels and Renegades. New York 1932. 430 pp.
  • Apostles of Revolution. Little, Brown & Co., Boston 1939. 467 pp.
  • A Skeptic's Political Dictionary and Handbook for the Disenchanted. New York 1953. 171 pp.
  • Aspects of Revolt. New York [1959]. 311 pp.
  • Political Heretics from Plato to Mao Tse-Tung. Ann Arbor 1963
  • Dreamers, Dynamiters and Demagogues: Reminiscences. New York [1964]. 251 pp.
  • The Anarchist Tradition and Other Essays. 1967. 398 pp.
  • Literature

  • Werner Portmann: Die wilden Schafe: Max und Siegfried Nacht. Unrast Verlag, Munster (Germany) 2008. ISBN 978-3-89771-455-7
  • References

    Max Nomad Wikipedia

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