Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968, Updated Edition (Radical 60s)

Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968, Updated Edition (Radical 60s) An Essential History Of The May Upheaval In France And How It Changed The World Prelude To Revolution Is The Indispensable Study Of May Generations Have Looked To This Book For Inspiration Singer, Who Died In , Was Widely Considered The Most Adept Interpreter Of European Politics For American Audiences He Shows Here How Change Happens And Why It Is Needed

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  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968, Updated Edition (Radical 60s)
  • Daniel Singer
  • English
  • 21 September 2019
  • 9780896086821

10 thoughts on “Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968, Updated Edition (Radical 60s)

  1. says:

    I have never really cared for the 60s student uprisings before, until I became attracted to the cover of this book It depicted human figures holding up spanner on an A5 size cover I immediately picked it up from the shelves and go through its contents Suddenly, I learned about the events of May 1968 in France, its actors and the melancholic yet beautiful conclusion to this chapter of human history.France in 1968 was under the control of Gaullist ideology The General is worshiped like a dictator, even though he is elected democratically in one of the most egalitarian state among bourgeois democracies Despite the affluence of many of its citizens, radical seeds are embedded deep within the psyche of the nation Not surprising, since the country is the birthplace of the revolution that toppled down the deep rooted monarchy, and also of an abortive communist revolution in Paris in 1871 Therefore, the rise of living standards mean nothing for the radicals who carried the torch of revolution For them, the alienation of worker from their labors, and the rise of a consumer society akin to that of the Americans, are issues that can only be addressed through a thorough revolution of a society.The ones leading the charge are the students Both Communist and Anarchist ideologies held profound influence among the marchers who conquered the Latin quarters, where many of the country s major universities are located They held pitched battles with the authorities to reclaim their universities from the latter, and to demand the release of several student leaders who were held in captivity Suddenly, the student uprising evolved into a society wide revolt against the Gaullist state machinery Factories were shut down Many governmental institutions were on standstill France, or rather, the Gaullist state, was on the brink of collapse Even the General himself nearly lost control of the situation Luckily, for him and his cohorts, help come through the form of their supposed enemy.The Communist Party of France, and its trade union associates, can be credited as being the real strikebreakers, and not the army or the police It is they who discouraged the workers to not join the students, who they labelled as being spoiled bourgeois who would later join their fathers factories in being a part of the oppressive management Singer believes that the Communist Party refused to support the striking students and workers simply because they are worried on losing their power within the party hierarchy They inherited the Stalinist adoration for power of controlling affairs from above Therefore, when a revolution occur spontaneously from below, the party apparatchiks view this as a threat to their own power Besides, supporting the striker meant that they will lose their chance of winning places in the parliament in Gaullist times, the People Assembly is nothing than a rubber stamping center To appear as the forces of law and order, the Party ordered the workers to conduct an orderly retreat and to accept whatever concessions that are reformist than revolutionary Thus, the system is preserved, thanks to the action of its nominal enemy The revolution, to paraphrase Trostky s words, lacked the engine to direct its steam In the end, without organization from the party, the uprising died on its own, like a steam missing an engine.In the final section of the book, Singer illustrates the bigger picture on the possibilities of the May 68 revolution, and its relationships with the larger world It also ends with a picture of strikers marching hopefully even though they know that their chance of succeeding is close to nil, which is, for me, an apt impression of the struggle for social justice worldwide In a world ruled by fear and ignorance, they barely had the chance.

  2. says:

    Absolutely brilliant history of May 68, so awesome I have trouble finding adjectives to describe it To be shelved with the very best of Marxist historical work such as The 18th Brumaire and the History of the Russian Revolution The post Arab Spring, post Occupy generation of revolutionary socialists will find an exceptionally clarifying book that resonates with much of their own experiences Hard to recommend highly.

  3. says:

    This is a pretty solid book but after 152 pages I realized that I m really just not that interested in finishing it I ve been putting it aside for over a month now and dread picking it back up The best part was the introduction which gave a great overview of the strike and the backlash that occurred as a result The book itself, however, was a very in depth blow by blow that I was not terribly interested in reading I am interested in the overall impact of the event, why it happened, what happened, and what was the result, as opposed to reading about every single march that the students embarked upon, etc.It s definitely a great book if you want to know about all of the nitty gritty details Otherwise I d skip it.

  4. says:

    I would definitely recommend this book to any student active in the fight against the budget cuts at their local university or high school Invaluable resource for everyone engaged in activism of this sort It provides a blow by blow account of the entire situation, and is an indispensable piece of literature for radicals looking for strategy and tactics in what is shaping up to be a very volatile situation in this world wide economic crisis Learn from the past

  5. says:

    An absolutely brilliant book The best documentation of the French May One of the best Marxist histories I ve read But not just that One of the strengths of this book is that before and after it has dealt in detail with the events of May, it deals in depth with questions of the state, Stalinism, social democracy, freedom, strategy and others.A must read, couldn t recommend it any.

  6. says:

    I was looking for of a history of the movement All of the theory got a little boring after a while The second chapter, where he talked about exactly what happened during May with the workers and the students, was the only part that was really worth it This book could have been wrapped up a hundred pages earlier It started to feel like of a chore to read than anything else.

  7. says:

    Another great resource, well written and accessible to anyone interested in the subject I am only listing here on goodreads those books of the many books, articles and other resources that had a great impact on my novel about 1968 Berkeley and Paris, A Time to Cast Away Stones.

  8. says:

    fantastic book and still extremely relevant

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