French Revolution

The black jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo revolution - C.L.R. James

This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.

It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined.

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Cover of A Tale of Two Cities

Novel about the plight of the French peasantry in the years leading up to the French revolution, and the parallels with life in London. Arguably Dickens most sophisticated work politically speaking. Two Cities graphically describes the corruption and brutality of the French Monarchy and the plight of the peasantry.

Jean Paul Marat: A Historico-Biographical Sketch - Ernest Belfort Bax

Ernest Belfort Bax's 1882 biography of Biographical Sketch of Jean Paul Marat, A leader of the French Revolution.

Authoritarian Communism and Libertarian Communism - Max Nettlau

This brief survey of the historical and philosophical differences between authoritarian and libertarian communism, written by the anarchist historian Max Nettlau in 1928, exemplifies the “anarchism without adjectives” which, confronted by the Bolshevik experience, reacted by reasserting the particularly liberal and pluralistic roots of the anarchist tradition and denouncing the “doctrinaire rigidity” that hinders the formation of “the great union of all men of good will” that is the only force that can successfully oppose the worldwide trend towards barbarism and fascism.

Authoritarian Communism and Libertarian Communism - Max Nettlau

Preface: Max Nettlau, or The Choice of Modesty – Federica Montseny

Blessed are those whose souls are transparent, whose lives are honest, and whose hearts are pure; for theirs is the kingdom of the earth.

The great French revolution, 1789-1793 - Peter Kropotkin

"Liberty leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix

Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin's extensive history and analysis of the French Revolution of 1789.

A political revolution for women? The case of Paris - Darline Gay Levy and Harriet B. Applewhite

Women' s March to Versailles during the French Revolution


The women's march to Versailles capped months of women's political involvement during the French Revolution - in Paris neighbourhoods, electoral assemblies, the conquest of the Bastille and in several dozen processions with the newly formed national guard. Thousands of marching women empowered themselves as citizens as they confronted and helped to abolish the monarchy - and then continued to confront the new authorities.





A POLITICAL REVOLUTION FOR WOMEN? THE CASE OF PARIS by Darline Gay Levy and Harriet B. Applewhite

Social Structures, Political Elites and Ideology in Revolutionary Paris - Richard Andrews

The bourgeois and authoritarian nature of the sans-culottes in revolutionary Paris.

The Conspiracy of Equals and the birth of communism

Jean Léger examines the history of Gracchus Babeuf and his ‘Conspiracy of Equals’, a communist organisation which emerged during the French Revolution. English version from The Commune: first appeared as 'Babeuf et la naissance du communisme ouvrier' in issue 2 of critical Marxist journal Socialisme ou Barbarie (May-June 1949).

The Everyday Lives of Parisian Women and the October Days of 1789 - David Garrioch

'The men are holding back, the men are cowards . . . we will take over'

On 5 October 1789 thousands of Parisian women tramped twelve miles to Versailles to bring the king back to the capital. This event radicalised the French Revolution.