Arms and the People

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

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This collection examines the relationship between mass movements and the military. 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 social extremes on the solidarity within the state's military, and on the changing loyalties of these soldiers. The authors examine a series of historical moments in which a crisis in the military has reflected deep instability in the wider world, including Russia in 1917, Egypt during the Arab Spring, the Paris Commune, as well as long-standing instability in Venezuela and Indonesia, amongst many others.Including a range of international authors 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 more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332978
  • 9780745332970
  • 2,170,412

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 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 more

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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 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' -- Noam Chomskyshow more

Table of contents

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

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