Revolts

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Against All Odds
Diemer, Ulli
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1985
The shadow haunting the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will realize they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless t...
Algerian War of Independence: Connexipedia Article
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A conflict between France and Algerian independence movements from 1954 to 1962, which led to Algeria gaining its independence from France.
Arab Revolt (1916 - 1918): Connexipedia Article
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Was initiated by the Sherif Hussein ibn Ali with the aim of securing independence from the ruling Ottoman Turks and creating a single unified Arab state spanning from Aleppo in Syria to Aden in Yemen.
Battle of Blair Mountain: Connexipedia Article
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In 1921 between 10,000 and 15,000 coal miners confronted company-paid private detectives in an effort to unionize the southwestern West Virginia mine counties.
Bolotnikov, Ivan: Connexipedia Article
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The leader of a popular uprising in Russia known as the Bolotnikov rebellion. (Died 1608).
Budai Nagy Antal Revolt: Connexipedia Article
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Transylvanian peasant revolt, of 1437, which was the only significant popular revolt in the Kingdom of Hungary prior to the great peasant war of 1514.
Cade, Jack: Connexipedia Article
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The leader of a popular revolt in the 1450 Kent rebellion. (Died 1450.)
Camisard: Connexipedia Article
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French Protestants (Huguenots) of the Cevennes region of south-central France who raised an insurrection against the persecutions which followed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
Ciompi Revolt: Connexipedia Article
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Was a popular revolt in late medieval Florence by wool carders known as ciompi, who rose up in 1378 to demand a voice in the commune's ordering.
Club War (Cudgel War): Connexipedia Article
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A 1596 peasant uprising in the kingdom of Sweden against exploitation by nobility and military in what is today Finland.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
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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...
Cornish Rebellion of 1497: Connexipedia Article
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A popular uprising by the people of Cornwall in the far south west of Britain.
Croatian-Slovenian peasant revolt: Connexipedia Article
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A large peasant revolt in today's Croatia and Slovenia in 1573.
Cry Hungary! Uprising 1956
Gadney, Reg
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1986
An account of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Dacke War: Connexipedia Article
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A peasant uprising led by Nils Dacke in Småland, Sweden, in 1542 against the rule of Gustav Vasa.
Dakota War of 1862: Connexipedia Article
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An armed conflict between the United States and several bands of the eastern Sioux or Dakota.
Democracy Against Politics: Against The Current vol. 136
Feinberg, Joseph Grim
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2008
“¡Que se vayan todos!” shouted rebellious crowds during the Argentine economic crisis of 2001, “Out with them all!” The call soon spread throughout Latin America: for a new politics without politician...
Donghak Peasant Revolution: Connexipedia Article
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Was an anti-government, anti-yangban and anti-foreign uprising in 1894.
Dózsa, György: Connexipedia Article
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Leader of a peasants' revolt against the Hungarian landed nobility. (1470-1514).
First Intifada: Connexipedia Article
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A Palestinian Uprising against Israeli rule in the Palestinian Territories.
French Army Mutinies (1917): Connexipedia Article
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Involved nearly half of the French infantry divisions stationed on the western front.
From Cairo to Madison, The Old Mole Comes Up For An Early Spring
Goldner, Loren
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2011
Individual sectors, even as large as public employees in the U.S., have to reach out to all those who have been ground down over the past forty years. Any working-class movement worthy of the name emb...
German Revolution of 1918-19: Connexipedia Article
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The politically-driven civil conflict in Germany at the end of World War I.
Green Corn Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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Popular uprising against military conscription by poor farmers in Oklahoma aligned with the Socialist Party of America.
A History of the Barricade
Booth, William
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2016
The barricade is the iconic tactic of historic class struggles, and its history is engagingly explored in Hazan's history, finds William Booth.
A History of Canadian Wealth
Myers, Gustavus
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1914
Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, and bribery that are at the basis of Canadian history. This is Canada's past seen through the eyes of a muckraker.
Hussites: Connexipedia Article
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A Christian movement following the teachings of Czech reformer Jan Hus (c. 1369-1415).
Indian Rebellion of 1857: Connexipedia Article
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The Indian Rebellion of 1857 began as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army on 10 May, 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon erupted into other mutinies and civilian rebellions l...
Irish War of Independence: Connexipedia Article
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A guerrilla war mounted against the British government in Ireland by the Irish Republican Army.
Jacquerie: Connexipedia Article
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Was a popular revolt in late medieval Europe by peasants that took place in northern France in the summer of 1358.
Kengir uprising: Connexipedia Article
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A prisoner uprising that took place in the Soviet prison labor camp Kengir in May and June 1954.
Kiel Naval Mutiny (Wilhelmshaven mutiny): Connexipedia Article
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A major mutiny by sailors of the German High Seas Fleet in October 1918.
Kronstadt rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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An uprising of Soviet sailors, soldiers and civilians against the Bolshevik government in 1921.
Left-wing uprisings against the Bolsheviks: Connexipedia Article
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A series of rebellions and uprisings against the Bolsheviks led or supported by left wing groups.
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.
Looking Back -- and Ahead: Against The Current vol. 133
The Editors
Article
2008
The year 1968 stands out as one of those pivotal years on multiple political and cultural levels. Against the Current will devote considerable space to discussing what the upheavals of that year meant...
Maji Maji Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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A violent African resistance to colonial rule in the German colony of Tanganyika.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 15: Marx and Engels 1856 - 1858
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
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1858
Mainly articles about Europe, colonialism, and India.
A Marxist History of the World part 103: 1989: the fall of Stalinism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The revolutions of 1989 represent great victories for mass action, but they were limited in effect.
A Marxist History of the World part 56: The Indian Mutiny
Faulkner, Neil
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2012
The Indian Mutiny was the subcontinent’s first war of independence, with Indians of different ethnic and religious backgrounds fighting side-by-side despite the divide and rule fostered by the British...
A Marxist History of the World part 79: Revolt in the Colonies
Faulkner, Neil
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2012
The anti-colonial revolts of the early 20th century were inspired by radical ideas, but, as the examples of Ireland, India and Mexico show, history exacts a heavy price for political timidity.
Mau Mau Uprising: Connexipedia Article
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An insurgency by Kenyan peasants against the British colonialist rule.
May 1968 in France: Connexipedia Article
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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...
Mazdak: Connexipedia Article
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A proto-socialist Persian reformer.
Merthyr Rising 1831: Connexipedia Article
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The violent climax to many years of simmering unrest among the large working class population of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales and the surrounding area.
Midland Revolt: Connexipedia Article
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A popular uprising which took place in the Midlands of England in 1607.
Non-cooperation movement: Connexipedia Article
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A series of nationwide people's movements of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience, led by Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian National Congress.
An October for Us, for Russia and for the Whole World: Against The Current vol. 131
an appeal from Russian Intellectuals and Artists
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2007
This appeal from Russian intellectuals and artists on the 90th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution comes to us from veteran leftists, social democrats, artists and even children of Left Oppo...
On China's 1989 Tiananmen Upheaval
Seymour, Joseph
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2015
The bourgeois media falsely portray the events in the spring of 1989 as a movement for capitalist counterrevolution under the banner of Western-style "democracy." The social explosion was triggered by...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 22, 2017: Disobedience
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Ultimately all power structures depend on the obedience of those over whom they rule. It helps if people believe in the legitimacy of those who wield power, but the crucial thing is obedience. Once pe...
Peasant revolt in Flanders 1323-1328: Connexipedia Article
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A popular revolt in late medieval Europe. (1323-1328).
Philippine revolts against Spain: Connexipedia Article
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Revolts during the Spanish colonial period.
Pontiac's Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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A war launched in 1763 by a loose confederation of elements of Native American tribes primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British p...
Popular revolt in late medieval Europe: Connexipedia Article
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Popular revolts in late medieval Europe were uprisings and rebellions by (typically) peasants in the countryside, or the bourgeois in towns, against nobles, abbots and kings during the upheavals of th...
Prussian uprisings: Connexipedia Article
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Uprisings by the Prussians, one of the Baltic tribes, against the Teutonic Knights that took place in the 13th century.
Pueblo Revolt: Connexipedia Article
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An uprising of many pueblos of the Pueblo people against Spanish colonization of the Americas in the New Spain province of New Mexico in 1680.
Pugachev's Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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The principal revolt in a series of popular rebellions that took place in Russia after 1762.
Readings from the Peasants' Revolt
Bragg, Melvyn
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2002
Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at six criti...
Rebellion of the Remences: Connexipedia Article
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A popular revolt in Catalongia against seignorial pressures that began in 1462.
Reflections on the Revolution in France: 1968
Posner, Charles (Editor)
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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...
Revolt of the Brotherhoods: Connexipedia Article
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A revolt by artisan guilds against the government of King Charles I in the Kingdom of Valencia which lasted from 1521-1523.
Revolt of the Comuneros: Connexipedia Article
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An uprising by citizens of Castile against the rule of Charles V and his administration between 1520 and 1521.
Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 114
Westmaas, Nigel
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2005
1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal t...
List of revolutions and rebellions: Connexipedia Article
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This is a list of revolutions and rebellions
Royal Indian Navy Mutiny: Connexipedia Article
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A strike and mutiny by Indian sailors of the Royal Indian Navy on board ship and shore establishments at Bombay (Mumbai) harbour in 1946.
Russian Revolution of 1905: Connexipedia Article
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A wave of mass political unrest through vast areas of the Russian Empire.
St. George's Night Uprising: Connexipedia Article
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A series of rebellions in 1343-1345 by the indigenous Estonian-speaking population of Northern and Western Estonia against rulers of foreign (mainly German) origin.
Satyagraha: Connexipedia Article
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A campaign of nonviolent protest against the British in colonial India in 1930.
Second Intifada: Connexipedia Article
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A period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence, which began in late September 2000.
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
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2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Shimabara Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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An uprising largely involving Japanese peasants, most of them Catholic Christians, in 1637-1638.
The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Gitlin, Todd
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1987
One of the best books on the Sixties in the U.S., bringing to life the political and cultural currents, including especially the music, which raged during that decade, and setting them in historical c...
Slave rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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An armed uprising by slaves.
Spithead and Nore mutinies: Connexipedia Article
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Major mutinies by sailors of the Royal Navy in 1797.
Strikes, List of: Connexipedia Article
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The following is a list of deliberate absence from work related to specific working conditions (strikes) or due to general unhappiness with the political order (general strikes).
A Surplus of Memory: Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Zuckerman, Yitzhak ("Antek")
Book
1993
The story of the Jewish resistances uprising against the German Army's attack on the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943-44. As much as any other individual, the organizing force and embodiment of the spirit of de...
A Terrible Beauty: Remembering Ireland's Easter Rebellion
Hallinan, Conn
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2016
It's a hundred years since some 750 men and women threw up barricades and seized key locations in downtown Dublin. They would be joined by maybe 1,000 more. In six days it would be over, the post offi...
Third Servile War: Connexipedia Article
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The last of a series of slave rebellions against the Roman Republic. (73-71 BC).
Tunisia, Then Egypt: Why Now?
Davidson, Lawrence
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2011
Under what circumstances does passivity turn into revolt?
Túpac Amaru II: Connexipedia Article
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The leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish occupation of Peru. (1742-1781).
Uprising of 1953 in East Germany: Connexipedia Article
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A widespread uprising against the Stalinist German Democratic Republic government.
Vorkuta uprising: Connexipedia Article
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A major uprising of the concentration camp inmates in Vorkuta, Russia in July-August 1953.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Connexipedia Article
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The Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German occupied Poland during World War II, and which opposed Nazi Germany's effort to transport the remaining ghetto population to Treblin...
Warsaw Uprising: Connexipedia Article
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A struggle by the Polish Home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi German occupation during World War II.
Worker-Student Action Committees France May '68
Gregoire, R.; Perlman, F.
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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...
Workers' Revolts of the 1970s: Against The Current vol. 152
Downs, Steve
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2011
In my world as a teenager becoming politically aware in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the issues that mattered most were the war in Vietnam and race relations at my school. The events tha...
Zanj Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
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A series of revolts by some 500,000 slaves against their Muslim owners and rulers, 869-883 AD.

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AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Black and Red
Publishing books and pamphlets with an anti-authoritarian perspective since 1968. Black & Red books record contemporary and historical attempts to lead principled lives. They examine social relations ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...

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Revolution.international
Web resources on revolutionary politics and revolution.
Ukraine: the practice of protest
Genté, Régis; Rouy, Laurent
2005
There was genuine, widespread rejection of the regime in Ukraine, but the mass demonstrations were still not spontaneous. They were backed by self-seeking organisations, both local and international.

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Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...