is a term that has a number of different, but often related, usages.
- An anarchy can mean a society based on the principles of one or more strains of the political theory anarchism. Advocates of one or other form of this theory have often named their newspapers, magazines and pamphlets, in various languages, "Anarchy"; for example:
- Critics of anarchism, and others not intending to criticise or confuse, sometimes use the term negatively, to describe what might more accurately be called chaos or anomie.
- The Anarchy is the name most often given to the period of civil war and unsettled government which occurred in England during the reign of King Stephen of England.
- Anarchy Online is a computer game.
See also: wiktionary:anarchy, wiktionary:anarchism
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