French History

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An Army of Amateurs: The Story of the SOE Resistance Movement in France
Vomecourt, Philippe de
Book
1961
A first-hand account of the resistance in Nazi-occupied France.
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...
The Dreyfus Affair and the Millerand Case
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1899
For in the Dreyfus case four social factors make themselves felt which give it the stamp of a question directly related to the class struggle. They are: militarism, chauvinism-nationalism, anti-Semiti...
Execution of Paris Communards Foreshadowed Mass Murders of 20th Century
Karlin, Mark; Merriman, John
Article
2015
The short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 lasted only a little more than two months before being ruthlessly crushed. A new book by Yale Professor John Merriman, "Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris ...
Execution of Paris Communards Foreshadowed Mass Murders of 20th Century
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
The short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 lasted only a little more than two months before being ruthlessly crushed. A new book by Yale Professor John Merriman, "Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris ...
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...
French Army Mutinies (1917): Connexipedia Article
Article
Involved nearly half of the French infantry divisions stationed on the western front.
French Revolution of 1848: Connexipedia Article
Article
One of a wave of revolutions in 1848 in Europe.
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.
The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time
Polanyi, Karl
Book
1944
Polanyi analyzes the social and political upheavals that took place in England during the rise of the market economy. Polanyi contends that the modern market economy and the modern nation-state should...
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
I accuse!: Letter to the President of the Republic
Zola, Emile
Article
1898
Emile Zola's condemnation of the frame-up of Captain Dreyfus.
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.
The June Revolution
Marx, Karl
Article
1848
The defeated plebeians are tormented by hunger, abused by the press, forsaken by the physicians, called thieves, incendiaries and galley-slaves by the respectabilities; their wives and children are pl...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 11: Marx and Engels 1851 - 1853
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany and The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte and Revelations Concerning the Communist Trial in Cologne
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 22: Marx and Engels 1870 - 1871
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Includes The Civil War in France and other materials on the Franco-Prussian War.
A Marxist History of the World part 44: Wars of empire
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The English Revolution transformed Britain into a capitalist economy engaging in geopolitical competition. Neil Faulkner looks at how Britain became the dominant global superpower of the 19th Century.
A Marxist History of the World part 45: The Enlightenment
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
What gave the Enlightenment its subversive, politically corrosive character was its critique of institutions and practices which appeared comparatively irrational in the light of modern thinking, argu...
A Marxist History of the World part 47: The French Revolution - Storming of the Bastille
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In the latest of his series on the Marxist understanding of history, Neil Faulkner explores revolution and counter-revolution in 18th-Century France.
A Marxist History of the World Part 48: The French Revolution - The Jacobin Dictatorship
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the rise of the Jacobin dictatorship and the ever-present threat of counter-revolution in 18th Century France.
A Marxist History of the World part 49: The French Revolution - Themidor, Directory and Napoleon
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In his third chapter on the French Revolution, Neil Faulkner discusses the contradictions of bourgeois revolution - but celebrates the gains it won.
A Marxist History of the World part 59: The Franco-Prussian War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In this week's chapter of the Marxist History series Neil Faulkner looks at how Germany’s ruling elite brought about a bourgeois revolution ‘from above’.
A Marxist History of the World part 60: The Paris Commune: the face of proletarian revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The Franco-Prussian war produced the first proletarian revolution in history, and showed to the world for the first time what a workers’ state looks like.
A Marxist History of the World part 68: 1914: descent into barbarism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the summer of 1914 capitalism tipped humanity into an abyss of barbarism that would leave millions dead. Neil Faulkner looks at the First World War.
A Marxist History of the World part 85: June 1936: the French general strike and factory occupations
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the mid-1930s French workers launched a wave of strikes and occupations. Neil Faulkner explains how the Stalinised Communist Party worked to contain this resistance.
May 1968 in France: Connexipedia Article
Article
May 1968, referring to the period when the events occurred in France, saw the largest general strike that ever stopped the economy of an advanced industrial country,[1] the first wildcat general strik...
Paris and London in the 18th Century: Studies in Popular Protest
Rude, George
Book
1952
Articles relating to popular protests and revolts breaking out in Paris and London during the eighteenth century.
The Paris Commune of 1871: The View from the Left
Schulkind, Eugene; (Editor)
Book
1972
For the Left, the Paris Commune of 1871 stands as the first example of the exercise of political power by a working class. Socialists, Communists and Anarchists have all looked to this 72-day revoluti...
The Peasant Question in France and Germany
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1894
Part of the current debate around agrarian issues in which Engels discusses a policy of alliance between the working class and the working peasantry.
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.
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 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...
Revolution in Paris
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1848
The bourgeoisie has made its revolution, it has toppled Guizot and with him the exclusive rule of the Stock Exchange grandees. Now, however, in the second act of the struggle, it is no longer one sect...
Revolutionary France
Article
Documents on revolutionary France 1789 -
Rosa Luxemburg: Abridged Edition
Nettl, Peter
Book
1966
A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912
Pakenham, Thomas
Book
1991
Describes the brief vicious scramble by Europe's imperial powers to seize colonies throughout the continent of Africa. Pakenham strips the impresarios of imperialism of their veneer of Victorian heroi...
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
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 1981: Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981

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Joan of Arc
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
1412
A peasant girl born in what is now eastern France who claimed divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War.
Judt, Tony
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Tony Robert Judt was a British historian, essayist, and university professor.
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre
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A wave of Roman Catholic mob violence, directed against the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants).