In "History and Revolution", a group of respected historians confronts the conservative, revisionist trends in historical enquiry that have been dominant in the last twenty years. Ranging from an exploration of the English, French and Russian revolutions and their treatment by revisionist historiography, to the debates and themes arising from attempts to downplay revolution's role in history, "History and Revolution" also engages with several prominent revisionist historians, including Orlando Figes, Conrad Russell and Simon Schama.
Mike Haynes teaches history at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is the author on Nikolai Bukharin and the Transition from Capitalism to Socialism; Russia: Class and Power 1917-2000; and, (with Rumy Hasan) A Century of State Murder? Jim Wolfreys is lecturer in French political history at King's College London, UK. He is co-author (with Peter Fysh) of The Politics of Racism in France. Contributors include Daniel Bensaid (Professor of Philosophy, University of Paris-VIII), Mark Ferro (Director of Studies in Social Sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris) and Enzo Traverso (Professor of Political Science, Jules Verne University of Picardy, France).
1. Introduction: History and revolution: Mike Haynes (University of Wolverhampton), and Jim Wolfreys (King's College London); 2. Radicalism and revisionism in the English Revolution: Geoff Kennedy (York University, Ontario); 3. Twilight revolution: Francois Furet and the manufacturing of consensus: Jim Wolfreys (King's College London); 4. The French Revolution: revolution of rights of man and citizen: Florence Gauthier (Universite Paris VII); 5. Grey masses and Jacobins in 1917: Mike Haynes (University of Wolverhampton); 6. Lenin's mistake: the Bolsheviks and the politics of the civil war: Lars Lih (independent scholar, Montreal).; 7. Nazism and Communism. Re-readings of the twentieth century by Ernst Nolte, Francois Furet and Stephane Courtois: Enzo Traverso (Universite d'Amiens).; 8. Communism, Nazism, colonialism, assessing the analogy: Marc Ferro (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).; 9. What produces democracy? Geoff Eley (University of Michigan); 10. Revolutions: great and still and silent: Daniel Bensaid (Universite Paris VIII).