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“The king must die so that the country can live”: the bourgeois revolutions

2:00am Sat 16 Apr

About this session

The "bourgeois revolutions" which laid the basis for capitalism were varied and contested historical events. Lenin often drew lessons from the French Revolution. So we will examine the social and political processes involved in those upheavals and consider how much, if at all, they provide a guide to what will be involved in overthrowing capitalism.

A few notes on what to read:

The article “Class and Revolution in Seventeenth Century England” by Brian Manning is not available online but some attendees might have access to it. He also has published other useful works on the topic.

Neil Davidson's book How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? is wide ranging, read the book itself or any sections. A review of it by Alex Callinicos, “The dynamics of revolution”, is available here. Another review, “Comment on Bourgeois Revolutions”, by Donny Gluckstein, is available here. And Davidson's reply “Revolutions between theory and history: a response to Alex Callinicos and Donny Gluckstein” is available here.

Recommended Reading

'Renaissance and Reformation' (part 4, chapter 2) and 'The birth pangs of a new order' (part 4, chapter 3) by Chris Harmanin A People’s History of the World
Class and Revolution in Seventeenth Century Englandby Brian Manningin International Socialism Journal
How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? [Book]by Neil Davidson
The Great French Revolutionby Paul McGarrin International Socialism [2 : 43, June 1983, special edition on Marxism and the great French revolution]
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