Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9780745335001 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

A Socialist History of the French Revolution

Jean Jaurés

A Socialist History of the French Revolution

Jean Jaurés

Distributed for Pluto Press

Abridged and Translated by Mitchell Abidor and with an Introduction by Henry Heller
240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9780745335001 Published May 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated at the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Published just a few years before his death, his magisterial A Socialist History of the French Revolution, has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts of the French Revolution ever to be published. Mitchell Abidor’s long-overdue translation and abridgement of Jaurès’s original six volumes brings this exceptional work to an Anglophone audience for the first time.
            Written in the midst of his activities as leader of the Socialist Party and editor of its newspaper, L’Humanité, Jaurès intended the book to serve as both a guide and an inspiration to political activity, which is just as relevant today.
Contents

Introduction by Henry Heller
Translator’s preface
1. Introduction
2. The Causes of the Revolution
3. July 14, 1789
4. National Lands
5. The Revolutionary “Journées”
6. The Flight to Varennes
7. The Insurrection of August 10, 1792
8. The September Massacres
9. The Battle of Valmy
10. The Trial of the King
11. The Enragés Against the High Cost of Living
12. The Revolution of May 31 and June 2, 1793
13. Marat’s Assassination
14. Dechristianization
15. The Dictatorship of Public Safety and the Fight against the Factions
16. The Fall of Robespierre
17. How Should We Judge the Revolutionaries?
Bibliography
Index

Review Quotes
Leon Trotsky
“Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaurès, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own.”
Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne
“Jaurès' brilliant analysis is as refreshing and controversial today as it was over a century ago. It resonates with the passion and eloquence of this great political leader while at the same time sustaining a rigorous Marxist analysis of the social and economic forces behind the Revolution. Its appearance in this edition is to be warmly welcomed.”
Ian Birchall, historian and author of The Spectre of Babeuf
“Jaurès’ Socialist History is a classic of historical writing which laid the foundations for so many later accounts of the French Revolution. Jaurès vividly depicts the drama of the Revolution, the triumphs and the setbacks, the bloodshed and the hope, but always with an eye to the future, to how the Revolution opened the way to human emancipation.”
CHOICE
“Jaurès was also a historian keenly interested in the French Revolution; his several volumes devoted to it offer a powerful, class-based history, here abridged skillfully in an eminently readable translation. This work, like Jaurès's life, is powerful and important.  It remains a major contribution to what became a compelling, essentially Marxist, interpretation of the Revolution that continues to be persuasive to many historians....Highly recommended.”
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