Arms and the People : Popular Movements and the Military from the Paris Commune to the Arab Spring
Looking at a range of global historical experiences, Arms and the People 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? 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. The different contributors examine a series of historical moments in which a crisis in the military institution has reflected a deeper social crisis which has penetrated that institution and threatened to disable it. With a range of international contributors who have either studied or been directly involved in such social upheavals, Arms and the People is a pioneering contribution to the study of revolutionary change and will appeal to students and academics in history, politics and sociology.
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- Hardback | 304 pages
- 135 x 215 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
- 24 Dec 2012
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
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
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 the 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
About Mike Gonzalez
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 Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-first Century (Pluto, 2014) 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.