By Jean Jaurès
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'Every innovative social gathering, each oppressed humans, each oppressed operating category can declare Jaurès, his reminiscence, his instance, and his individual, for our own' - Leon Trotsky
Jean Jaurès was once the prestigious French Socialist occasion chief, assassinated in 1914 for attempting to use international relations and commercial motion to avoid the outbreak of battle. released quite a few years earlier than his loss of life, his magisterial A Socialist heritage of the French Revolution, has persisted for over a century as probably the most influential money owed of the French Revolution ever to be published.
Mitchell Abidor’s long-overdue translation and abridgement of Jaurès’s unique 6-volumes brings this unprecedented paintings to an Anglophone viewers for the 1st time.
Written in the middle of his actions as chief of the Socialist celebration and editor of its newspaper, L’Humanité, Jaurès meant the ebook to function either a consultant and an thought to political job; even now it may serve to do exactly that. Abidor’s complete translation, and Jaurès’s verve, originality and willingness to criticise all avid gamers during this nice drama make this a very relocating addition to the shelf of significant books at the French Revolution.
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Jaures 01 text 16 06/02/2015 08:42 the causes of the revolution 17 No century was ever as attentive to life’s details and the interactions of all social mechanisms as was the eighteenth to life’s details, and no revolution was ever as well prepared as this one was by more serious studies, by richer documentation. One day Mirabeau exclaimed in the Constituent Assembly: “We no longer have the time to work, to study. Fortunately, we have a head start in ideas. ” Never had thinkers been better provisioned, and M.
It rejected the excess baggage of sensations, verbal curiosities, and the systematically picturesque that M. Taine wants to impose on it. Alert, passionate, it cast rays of light in all directions and denounced all existing institutions as contrary to nature and reason. How could it have smashed the old, out of date, and variegated world if it had not appealed to great, simple ideas? Is it by disputing every feudal right, every ecclesiastical pretension, every royal act, like a village lawyer, that classical thought would have been able to wrest France from servitude and routine?
The immense crowd carried his head on a pike, and Bertier, led behind the grim trophy, was soon killed as well in a cruel, joyful delirium. It wasn’t only what is called the rabble that savored the joy of murder: according to the testimony of Gouy d’Arsy at the National Assembly, a great number of well-dressed citizens and well-to-do bourgeois exulted in this somber and savage procession. It was the revolutionary bourgeoisie that had been directly threatened by the royal soldiery, and there was fear mixed with this sudden ferocity.
A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès