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Legends of a Revolutionary

Nostalgia in the Imagined Lives of Auguste Blanqui

Patrick H. Hutton

Louis-Auguste Blanqui ranks among the most famous apostles of the nineteenth-century French Revolutionary tradition. His commitment to that cause was bound up with his longing to tap once more the energy that had inspired the popular uprisings of the French Revolution. Such nostalgia came to define not only his tactics but also his way of life. In the process he fashioned a legend of his role as insurrectionary activist, and its nostalgic underpinnings would intrigue his twentieth-century biographers. Here I examine the way four among them draw out varied and conflicting meanings from a life powerfully invested in a conception of the future deeply embedded in the past.

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The End of Revolution, and Its Means

Processual and Programmatic Approaches to Revolution in the Epoch of Revolution Debate

Benjamin Abrams

. However, as Harison (2007: 7 ) notes, before Lenin’s revival of the Commune it was largely regarded as a “last spasm of a now obsolete revolutionary tradition.” Its protagonists, meanwhile, were “the brave but ultimately misguided martyrs of an unplanned

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Michael B. Loughlin

. Once French workers and militants discovered that their defense of the Republic during the Dreyfus Affair had yielded little, some of them began to promote Hervé as the heir to the unfulfilled revolutionary tradition. The antimilitarist movement

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Jules Vallès and Séverine

Romantic Socialism and the Afterlife of a Cross-Sex Friendship in French Political Culture, 1880–1929

Michael Mulvey

, but to demonstrate how a subversive friendship led her to self-identify with Vallès’s revolutionary tradition and invoke it across decades. Joan Scott’s concept of “fantasy echo” or retrospective historical self-identification is adaptable to thinking

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Book Reviews

On 20th Century Revolutionary Socialism, from Poland to Peru and beyond

Jean-Numa Ducange, Camila Vergara, Talat Ahmed, and Christian Høgsbjerg

revolutionary masses is obviously decisive in her mind, but she does not advocate intangible dogmas regardless of the context. Both connoisseurs of socialism and a broader public with an interest in the revolutionary tradition in general, and in Rosa Luxemburg

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Donatella della Porta

between stressing their “newness” and capacity to break with the past and building on a tradition that allow them to increase their legitimacy, backing their ideas by reference to a “people’s past,” revolutionary traditions, heroes, and martyrs ( Hobsbawm

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Ali Aslam, David McIvor, and Joel Alden Schlosser

an age of organization. For Arendt, popular bodies of direct government spring up “spontaneously” when existing institutions fail or are swept away. This revolutionarytradition,” however – like Wolin's account of fugitive democracy – does not form a

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Modern Revolutions and Beyond

An Interview with John Dunn

Benjamin Abrams and John Dunn

-minded about the balance of political benefit and cost in the revolutionary tradition. I have to say that over the decades I definitely turned more and more resolutely against it. This is not because I thought that revolutions don’t sometimes have very

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Conflicted Power of the Pen

The Impact of French Internment on the Pacifist Convictions and Literary Imagination of Lion Feuchtwanger

Nicole Dombrowski Risser

to German nationalism. The French nation-state and its people, heirs to a revolutionary tradition steeped in liberty, equality, and freedom, became the keystone of Feuchtwanger’s reconfigured moral and political universe. Three works, Paris Gazette

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Robin Rodd

, and less beholden to classical syndicalist, Marxist, or revolutionary traditions than elsewhere on the continent. The FA is both a coalition of parties and a movement (of independent people), and its strength comes from being able to flex across a