The Third Revolution: Popular Movements in the Revolutionary Era, Volume 2
'A major American political philosopher' San Francisco Chronicle
'His books are of crucial importance' New Scientist
This project is a comprehensive account of the great revolutions that swept over Europe and America during the past three centuries. Throughout, the emphasis is on the popular movements that propelled the great revolutions to radical peaks, the little-known leaders who spoke for the people, and the liberatory social forms to which the revolutions gave rise. In the vast scope of this work, Murray Bookchin combines the social background and key events of the great revolutions. Throughout, the emphasis is on the popular movements that propelled the great revolutions to radical peaks, the little-known leaders who spoke for the people and the libertatory social forms to which the revolutions gave rise. The three volumes of The Third Revolution form a dramatic ensemble that encompasses hopes and social conflicts of past eras, as well as prospects for the coming century.
This second volume of Murray Bookchin's stirring three-volume history of popular movements in the revolutionary era is one of the most comprehensive accounts of nineteenth-century revolutions that we have today. Opening with the transition from Jacobinism to socialism, the book explores the little-known Revolution of 1830 in France; the Lyons Insurrections of 1831 and 1834, where the red and black flags of socialism and anarchist were first raised; the revolutions of 1848; and the Paris Commune of 1871. The transition from radical craft movements, prevalent in the early part of the century, to Industrial working class movements is carefully traced and dramatically recounted. A vivid narrative of the Firstand Second Internationals brings the century and volume 2 to a close. This insightful account of a century of revolutionary upheavals is indispensable for an understanding of the lessons of the revolutionary past and their bearing on the future.