Jean Jaures was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1914 for trying to use diplomacy and industrial action to prevent the outbreak of war. Published just a few years before his death, his magisterial A Socialist History of the French Revolution has endured for over a century as one of the most influential accounts of the French Revolution ever to be published.
This translation and abridgement of Jaures' original 6-volumes brings his exceptional work to an Anglophone audience for the first time.
Written in the midst of his activities as leader of the Socialist Party and editor of its newspaper, L'Humanite, Jaures intended the book to serve as both a guide and an inspiration to political activity; even now it can serve to do just that. Abidor's accomplished translation and Jaures's verve, originality and willingness to criticise all players in this great drama make this a truly moving addition to the shelf of great books on the French Revolution.
Jean Jaures (1859-1914) was the leader of the French Socialist Party, which opposed Jules Guesde's revolutionary Socialist Party of France. An antimilitarist, Jaures was assassinated at the outbreak of World War I, and remains one of the main inspirations to the French left. His defining work was A Socialist History of the French Revolution (Pluto, 2015). Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn, USA. Amongst his many works, he is the author of May Made Me (Pluto, 2018) and the translator of Jean Jaures's A Socialist History of the French Revolution (Pluto, 2015).
Introduction by Henry Heller Translator's preface 1. Introduction 2. The Causes of the Revolution 3. July 14, 1789 4. National Lands 5. The Revolutionary 'Journees' 6. The Flight to Varennes 7. The Insurrection of August 10, 1792 8. The September Massacres 9. The Battle of Valmy 10. The Trial of the King 11. The Enrages Against the High Cost of Living 12. The Revolution of May 31 and June 2, 1793 13. Marat's Assassination 14. Dechristianisation 15. The Dictatorship of Public Safety and the Fight against the Factions 16. The Fall of Robespierre 17. How Should We Judge the Revolutionaries? Bibliography Index