Arms and the People: Popular Movements and the Military from the Paris Commune to the Arab Spring

Arms and the People: Popular Movements and the Military from the Paris Commune to the Arab Spring

by Mike Gonzalez
     
 

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This book examines the relationship between mass movements and military institutions. Some argue that it is impossible to achieve and protect a revolution without the support of the army, but how can the support of the army be won?

Using a broad range of examples from world history, Arms and the People explores the impact of profound social polarisation on the

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This book examines the relationship between mass movements and military institutions. Some argue that it is impossible to achieve and protect a revolution without the support of the army, but how can the support of the army be won?

Using a broad range of examples from world history, Arms and the People explores the impact of profound social polarisation on the internal cohesion of the state's 'armed bodies of men'-and on the contested loyalties of soldiers. In this pioneering study of revolutionary change, the contributors examine historical moments in which a deep social crisis has penetrated military institutions and threatened to disable them.

Editorial Reviews

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'These engaged case studies from some 150 years represent a very welcome review of both the popular armed struggle and the institutions of state violence. ' - James Dunkerley, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, and former Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas

'A most revealing study of some of the most dramatic moments of modern history, from the people in arms in the Paris Commune to today's headlines. Often beaten back but even then leaving a legacy of achievement and understanding to carry the struggle forward.' - Noam Chomsky

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745332970
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
12/24/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Gonzalez is Emeritus Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the co-editor of Arms and the People (Pluto, 2012) and author of A Rebel's Guide to Marx (2006) and Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution (2004). Houman Barekat is a London-based writer and editor of the literary journal Review 31. He has contributed to various publications including Tribune, Art & Music and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and has reviewed for academic journals including International Affairs and Capital and Class.

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