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French Revolution

Revolutionary Witness: The Preacher

Alan Rickman preforms a monologue about the French Revolution from the point of view of the radical egalitarian Jacques Roux.

Against the Logic of the Guillotine: Why the Paris Commune Burned the Guillotine—and We Should Too

Crimethinc examine the history behind the guillotine, its current popularity as a left symbol, and try to suggest a vision of liberation not based around revenge fantasies.

1789 And All That - A Critical Look At The French Revolution

Wildcat (UK) on the French Revolution.

Class Struggle in the First French Republic Bourgeois and Bras Nus 1793-1795 - Daniel Guerin

Daniel Guerin's work analysing the class tensions during the French Revolution and within the first French Republic.

To the Ci-Devant Dynastics - Joseph Déjacque

A poem by Joseph Déjacque about the French Revolution.

The sans culottes in the French Revolution, 1793-1797 - Edinburgh DAM

A short pamphlet produced by the Direct Action Movement about the sans culottes: the revolutionary, urban poor in the French Revolution.

War and revolution - Amadeo Bordiga

In this 1950 article from the “Thread of Time” series Amadeo Bordiga examines the question of war and revolution in Marxist theory—characteristically emphasizing the epochal shift entailed by the Franco-Prussian War—and the role played by the ideological legacy of the French Revolution in the defeat of the Paris Commune and in the mobilization for and justification of participation in World Wars One and Two, which “were not revolutionary wars, but massacres of the slaves of Capital”.

The great anger: Ultra-revolutionary writing in France from the atheist priest to the Bonnot Gang

In this unique volume, Mitchell Abidor presents the key writings of a series of revolutionaries from the late 17th-early 18th century priest Jean Meslier and the Enlightenment radical Baron d’Holbach...

Critique’s quarrel with church and state (excerpt) - Edgar Bauer

Sketch of Edgar Bauer

The young Edgar Bauer (1820-1886) was credited by Gustav Landauer and Max Nettlau with founding the anarchist tradition in Germany. The following is a selection from his 'Der Streit der Kritik mit Kirche und Staat' (1843), pp. 260-269. After the failed 1848 revolutions Bauer renounced radicalism and embraced conservatism.