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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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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

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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 author of A Rebel's Guide to Marx (2006), Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution (2004) and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2002 (2004).

Houman Barekat is a London-based writer and editor of the literary magazine Review 31. He has contributed to various jourbanals including The Spokesman, International Relations and Capital and Class, as well as magazines such as Art & Music and Tribune.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Soldiers and Revolution
1. Soldiers, Sailors and Revolution: Russia 1917; Mike Haynes
2. An Army in Revolt: Germany 1918-19; Volkard Moser
3. Nation against Nation: Italy 1919-21; Megan Trudell
4. Soldiers on the Side of the People: Portugal 1974; Peter Robinson
The Popular Forces Mobilise
5. Militia and Workers' State: Paris 1871; Donny Gluckstein
6. The People in Arms: Spain 1936; Andy Durgan
7. Never 'One Hand': Egypt 2011; Philip Marfleet
Guerrilla Wars and the Limits of Imperial Power
8. People Change: American Solidiers and Marines in Vietnam; Jonathan Neale
9. Crazy Little Armies: Guerrilla Strategy in Latin America, 1958 - 1990; Mike Gonzalez
Counter-Revolution and the Military
10. The Iron Fist: Chile 1973; Mike Gonzalez
11. Reaction and Slaughter: Indonesia 1965-66; Nathaniel Mehr
The Civic-Military Alliance
12. Storming the Ramparts of Tyranny: Egypt & Iraq 1945-63; Anne Alexander
13. The Civic-Military Alliance: Venezuela 1958-1990; Douglas Bravo & Mike Gonzalez
Index

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