A Socialist History of the French Revolution

Pluto Press, 2015 - 259 pagina's

'Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaures, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own' Leon Trotsky

Jean Jaures was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Published just a few years before his death, his magisterial "A Socialist History of the French Revolution," has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts of the French Revolution ever to be published.

Mitchell Abidor's long-overdue translation and abridgement of Jaures's original 6-volumes brings this exceptional work to an Anglophone audience for the first time.

Written in the midst of his activities as leader of the Socialist Party and editor of its newspaper, "L'Humanite," Jaures intended the book to serve as both a guide and an inspiration to political activity; even now it can serve to do just that. Abidor's accomplished translation, and Jaures's verve, originality and willingness to criticise all players in this great drama make this a truly moving addition to the shelf of great books on the French Revolution.

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Over de auteur (2015)

Mitchell Abidor 's books include anthologies of the anarchist writings of Victor Serge, on the propagandists of the deed, the Paris Commune, the left of the French Revolution, and French anarchist individualists. Henry Heller is professor of history at the University of Manitoba, Canada and the author of The Birth of Capitalism: A 21st-Century Perspective, The Cold War and the New Imperialism: A Global History, and The Bourgeois Revolution in France.

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