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The Accumulation of Capital
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1913
Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Blood and Belonging: Journey into the New Nationalism
Ignatieff, Michael
Book
1993
Essays on nationalism in Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine, Quebec, Kurdistan, and Northern Ireland.
Blood on Their Banner: Nationalist Struggles in the South Pacific
Robiem David
Book
1990
An expose of the political policies of France, Indonesia and the United States and how they pose the greatest threat to the stability of the region.
Blueprint for a Green Economy
Pearce, David; Markandya, Anil; Barbier, Edward B.
Book
1989
A set of practical proposals for financing a sustainable environment.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1984
Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
The Civil War in France
Marx, Karl
Book
1871
Written by Karl Marx as an address to the General Council of the International, with the aim of distributing to workers of all countries a clear understanding of the character and world-wide significa...
Civility: A Cultural History
Davetian, Benet
Book
2009
Through a historical, social, and psychological discussion of the civility practices in 3 nations - England, France and the United States, Davetian addresses major topics in public discourse today reg...
The Class Struggles in France, 1848 to 1850
Marx, Karl
Book
1850
Originally a series of articles written between January and October 1850 specially for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Politisch-ökonomische Revue and published in it under the general title "1848-1849."
Collective Action - and Victory! France: CPE Goes Down: Against The Current vol. 122
Morder, Robi
Article
2006
Millions of young people in France have lived through the experience of collective action and of an important victory, young people who just a few weeks earlier had paid no attention to political orga...
A comment on Greece and Syriza
Seymour, Richard
Article
2012
This analysis is a rebuke to the notion that there is nothing between the far left and social democracy. That diagnosis may have been appropriate in the period of revolutionary growth beginning in 196...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
Connexions Library: Europe Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Europe.
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Marx, Karl
Book
1852
Marx wrote The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon between December 1851 and March 1852. The "Eighteenth Brumaire" refers to November 9, 1799 in the French Revolutionary Calendar -- the day the fir...
Eradicating Extreme Poverty: Democracy, Globalisation and Human Rights
Godinot, Xavier (ed.)
Book
2012
A new approach to eradicating extreme poverty, contrasted with conventional "top-down" approaches.
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
France: A Sea Change on the Left: Against The Current vol. 137
Remy, Yann
Article
2008
In contrast with the United States, where the political arena has been dominated by two entrenched parties for a century, France has gone through major changes since the end of World War II. Back then...
FRANCE: Battling Over Pensions: Against The Current vol. 151
Stanley, Jason
Article
2011
France was rocked in September-October 2010 by some of the country’s largest protests in recent memory, as workers fought to prevent cuts to their public pensions. President Nicolas Sarkozy’s agenda p...
Free public transport: from social experiement to political alternative? - Book Review
Huré, Maxime
Article
2013
A book review of M. Giovannangeli and J. L. Sagot-Duvauroux's "Voyageurs sans ticket. Liberté, égalité, gratuité : une expérience sociale à Aubagne".
French Jews for Palestinian Rights: Against The Current vol. 89
Bensaïd, Daniel; Kahn, Marcel-Francis; Tomkiewicz, Stanislas; Vidal-Naquet, Pierre
Article
2000
The following text (abridged here) was published in the French daily Le Monde of October 18, 2000 accompanied by the signatures of fifty French people of Jewish origin, several of them well-known poli...
French Revolution 1968
Seale, Patrick, & McConville, Maureen
Book
1968
Seale and McConville set out to relate what happened during the May 1968 revolt in France, to set the explosion in its context of French politics, and to single out what they take to be the original a...
French Students Speak for Themselves What We Won - and Need: Against The Current vol. 122
Silberstein, Patrick
Article
2006
The following collective interview was conducted for ATC by Patrick Silberstein of Editions Syllepse.
General Strike France 1968: A factory-by-factory account
Hoyles, Andree
Book
1969
Andre Hoyles analyses the development, organisation and end of the mass strike in France, 1968, with reference to case studies of particular factories.
Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain
Valo, Martine
Article
2013
Chemical once used on banana crops threatening livelihoods and public health by polluting soil and sea.
In a Time of Torment
Stone, I.F.
Book
1968
Independent journalist I.F. Stone on the events and issues of the 1960s.
In Russian and French Prisons
Kropotkin, Peter
Book
1906
Kropotkin's criticism of the penal system, and an inside look into the horrors and realities of what life in prison entails.
Jurassic Park in France: The Return of the French Communist Party and the Melenchon Phenomenon: An Interview with Yves Coleman
Coleman, Yves
Article
2012
For the moment what preoccupies working class people in France is not so much the next elections but the euro crisis and the massive layoffs postponed by the bosses and the Right until after the elect...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2017
The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, i...
May 1968 Graffiti
Article
1968
"Don't consume Marx, live him."
The Middle East in Flames: Against The Current vol. 124
Kennedy, Andrew; Weissman, Susan
Article
2006
Andrew Kennedy and Suzi Weismann Interview Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert Achcar is the author of Eastern Cauldron and The Clash of Barbarisms, both published by Monthly Review Press.
The National Question: Selected Writings by Rosa Luxemburg
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited by Davis, Horace B.)
Book
In her penetrating analysis of nationalism, Rosa Luxemburg argues that the formula of "the right of nations to self-determination" is essentially not a political or programmatic guide to the nationali...
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
Book
1968
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
On the Poverty of Student Life: Considered in Its Economic, Political, Psychological, Sexual and Especially Intellectual Aspects, With a Modest Proposal for Doing Away With
Situationist International
Book
The Situationist International and the students at the University of Strasbourg prepared and published (using student union funds) this scathing analysis of student duplicity. While claiming to be rev...
On the Question of Revolutionary Organization: the Case of the NPA in France
Inti
Article
2009
The challenge of creating an anti-bureaucratic, democratic revolutionary socialist party.
On the Uprisings in France
Nasr, Edwin
Article
2016
At the beginning of March 2016, France's now ultra-liberal Socialist Party (PS) government officially revealed a labour reforms bill whose objective was to promote the competitiveness of businesses op...
Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
Blum, William
Article
2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
The Paris Commune told in pictures
Article
1934
An illustrated history of the Paris Commune of 1871.
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
The Politics of Urban Liberation
Schecter, Stephen
Book
1978
A broad-ranging study which covers the political economy of the urban question and the importance of the city in the history of social revolution. Schechter's evaluation of libertarian insurgency high...
Race and Class: Paris to New Orleans: Against The Current vol. 120
Miah, Malik
Article
2006
It turns out that the city of lights and city of jazz have a lot in common. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and militant explosions in the suburbs of Paris expose the underbelly of racism and class...
Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the End of the Twentieth Century
Saul, John Ralston
Book
1997
The tension in Canada between the model of an inclusive more egalitarian community vs. bureaucratic closed structures of government. According to Saul, Canada is a complex original which does not fit ...
Reflections on the Revolution in France: 1968
Posner, Charles (Editor)
Book
1970
In May 1968 France was on the threshold of something entirely new. In this 'pre-revolutionary situation' nothing went unquestioned. The writers, trade unionists and students who contribute to this vol...
Resistance in Europe: 1939 - 45
Hawes, Stephen; White, Ralph; (eds)
Book
1975
Essays on the resistance against Hitler during World War II.
The Rights of Man
Paine, Thomas
Book
1792
Thomas Paine's defense of the French Revolution -- and the right to revolt.
A Saga of Revolution: Book Review of Reiss' "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo"
Morrison, Derrick
Article
2014
A review of Tom Reiss' biography of Alexandre Dumas, a largely underemphasized figure in the French Revolution and the slave trade during the 18th century.
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
Situationist International Anthology
Knabb, Ken
Book
1981
A selection of Situationist writings.
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870
Thomas, Hugh
Book
1997
A comprehensive history of the Atlantic slave trade in which approximiately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in hou...
The Socialist Crisis in France
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1901
"The Republic is in danger! That is why it was necessary for a socialist to become the bourgeois Minister of Commerce. The Republic is in danger! That is why the socialist had to remain in the cabinet...
The Socialist Register 1971: Volume 8: A survey of movements and ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1971
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1978: Volume 15: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
Socialist Register 1984: Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
The Socialist Register 1988: Volume 24: Problems of Socialist Renewal: East & West
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1988
An examination of the prospects for socialism written shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Dobb, Maurice M.A.
Book
1947
A Marxist interpretation of economic development in the period of modern capitalism. Starting with the decline of serfdom, the book deals with the beginnings of the bourgeoisie in the rising urban com...
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
Transport Policy and the Environment: Six Case Studies
Barde, Jean-Philippe; Button, Kenneth
Book
1990
Voyages To Utopia: From Monastery to Commune - The Search for the Perfect Society in Modern Times
McCord, William
Book
1989
The story of William McCord's exploration of utopian communities, both in person and through literature.
Why the French Hate Chomsky
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2010
Chomsky's criticism is laden with facts, a substance that seems to elicit ennui among contemporary French thinkers. No doubt the importance of the essay in the French educational system has bred a wor...
Worker-Student Action Committees France May '68
Gregoire, R.; Perlman, F.
Book
1969
An account of the May-June 1968 events in Paris. The authors state that "our intention is not to 'clarify' the sequence of events which took place in France in order to make possible a ritual repetiti...
Writings on the Paris Commune
Marx, Karl, Engels, Friedrich (Draper, Hal, ed.)
Book
Hal Draper's compilation of all the writings by Marx and Engels on the Paris Commune of 1871, when a working-class-led revolution took power and established a new type of state for the first time in t...

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France Remains Faithful to Food as Meals Continue to be a Collective Affair
Chemin, Anne
2014
In France, life is dominated by three shared meals, and it's taboo to break the ritual, writes Anne Chemin.
Human rights organisations alarmed by bill that will give surveillance agencies dangerous new powers
Sources News Release
2015
Privacy International, Amnesty International, FIDH, the French League for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders are alarmed by the expansive surveillance powers to be granted to surveillance agen...
IFJ Condemns Killings of Media Staff in Shocking Attack on French Magazine Charlie Hebdo' Office in Paris
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today joined its French affiliates -- SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT -- in condemning the shooting that has taken place today at the offices of the French sati...
Journalists Condemn French Crackdown on Roma and Warn Over Rise of Racism
Sources News Release
2010
Journnalists condemn French crackdown on Roma and warn that it will encourage xenophobia and intolerance.
Questing France
Deepening The Search For My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel
Barnicke Belleghem, Marilyn M.Ed.
2005
Vaillant Auguste
Wikipedia article
Auguste Vaillant (27 December 1861 – 5 February 1894) was a French anarchist, most famous for his bomb attack on the French Chamber of Deputies on 9 December 1893.

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