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By Jean Jaurès

Author note: creation by means of Henry Heller

'Every progressive social gathering, each oppressed humans, each oppressed operating classification can declare Jaurès, his reminiscence, his instance, and his individual, for our own' - Leon Trotsky

Jean Jaurès was once the distinguished French Socialist occasion chief, assassinated in 1914 for attempting to use international relations and business motion to avoid the outbreak of conflict. released quite a few years sooner than his loss of life, his magisterial A Socialist historical past of the French Revolution, has persisted for over a century as some of the most influential bills 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 course of his actions as chief of the Socialist occasion and editor of its newspaper, L’Humanité, Jaurès meant the publication to function either a advisor and an concept to political job; even now it may serve to do exactly that. Abidor’s comprehensive translation, and Jaurès’s verve, originality and willingness to criticise all avid gamers during this nice drama make this a really relocating addition to the shelf of significant books at the French Revolution.

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Jaures 01 text 26 06/02/2015 08:42 july 14, 1789  27 people had concluded that the Bastille was going to become the center of a great military gathering, the base of operations of a portion of the troops sent against Paris, and that Paris was to be crushed between these troops and those massed on the Champs Elysées. It was this tactical necessity that turned the efforts of the people against the Bastille. The sad, somber castle where so many state prisoners, both commoners and nobles, had suffered, and which, in cutting across the lively faubourg Saint Antoine, seemed to cut off life and joy, was odious to Paris, to all of Paris.

Certainly no one would hold it against them if their passion for glory inspired their passion for liberty and their courage in combat. And so, in this socialist history, which covers the period from the bourgeois revolution to the preparatory period of the proletarian revolution, we will omit no element of human life. We will strive to understand and interpret the fundamental economic evolution that governs societies, the mind’s fervent aspiration for complete truth, and the noble exaltation of human consciousness defying suffering, tyranny, and death.

At the risk of Jaures 01 text 8 06/02/2015 08:42 introduction  9 shocking our readers by the disparate nature of these great names, it is under the triple inspiration of Marx, Michelet, and Plutarch that we write this modest history, in which each of the militants who collaborates in it will add his own shade of thought, where all will be garbed in the same doctrine and faith. Jaures 01 text 9 06/02/2015 08:42 2 The Causes of the Revolution The Nobility and Feudalism Under the ancien régime the nation was dominated by the nobles, the Church, and the king.

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