food riots

Food rioters and the American Revolution - Barbara Clark Smith

The Boston Massacre during the American Revolution

On more than thirty occasions between 1776 and 1779, American men and women gathered in crowds to confront hoarding merchants, intimidate "unreasonable" storekeepers, and seize scarce commodities ranging from sugar to tea to bread. A good-sized minority of the crowds we know about consisted largely of women; a few others may have included men and women alike. Each crowd voiced specific local grievances, but it is clear that their participants sometimes knew of actions elsewhere and viewed each episode as part of a wider drama.

A political revolution for women? The case of Paris - Darline Gay Levy and Harriet B. Applewhite

Women' s March to Versailles during the French Revolution

The women's march to Versailles capped months of women's political involvement during the French Revolution - in Paris neighbourhoods, electoral assemblies, the conquest of the Bastille and in several dozen processions with the newly formed national guard. Thousands of marching women empowered themselves as citizens as they confronted and helped to abolish the monarchy - and then continued to confront the new authorities.

Women and communal strikes in the crisis of 1917-1922 - Temma Kaplan

Women in the Russian revolution.

An article on women's pivotal role in Russia, Italy, Spain and Mexico during the revolutionary wave of 1917-1922.

The moral economy reviewed - E. P.Thompson

The follow-up article to E. P.Thompson's classic 'The moral economy of the English crowd in the 18th century' from the book Customs in common.

The protests in North Africa: what is happening?

The protests against the high cost of living, unemployment and corruption have been growing since the end of the year throughout North Africa, spreading through both Tunisia and Algeria in more and more cities and involving more social sectors, to the extent that the situation in both countries has become extremely unstable - much to the concern of the United States and the European Union, the top two international guarantors of the oligarchic political systems that are perpetuated in the Maghreb, posing as "buffer states" against the advance of Islamic fundamentalism in the region.

"When they come to attack our people, we will stand our ground and fight!"

A poster produced by the Sheffield Asian Youth Movement

The third article in the Fargate Speaker's series on Sheffield radical history.

On the socialist origins of International Women's Day - Temma Kaplan

International Women's Day, St Petersburg 1917

Temma Kaplan explains the origins of International women's day in the workers' movement in the USA, Europe and during the Russian Revolution.

The Everyday Lives of Parisian Women and the October Days of 1789 - David Garrioch

'The men are holding back, the men are cowards . . . we will take over'

On 5 October 1789 thousands of Parisian women tramped twelve miles to Versailles to bring the king back to the capital. This event radicalised the French Revolution.

Subsistence riots in Russia during World War I - Barbara Engel

Article on food riots, mostly by women, during World War I which helped spark the Russian revolution.

Female consciousness and collective action in Barcelona - Temma Kaplan

Barcelona women protest at the cost of essentials, 1918

Article on women's protests in Spain between 1910 and 1918, which had many similarities to those that sparked the French and Russian Revolutions.

(Trigger warning as this article contains mention of sexual violence)