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1lquilter
Feb 19, 2007, 3:08am

Shared works -- Interesting to note that Emma's essays is the number one shared work here! And Paul Avrich and the IWW are the next two.

What are the critical works for radical history? Is our "most commonly shared books" a good indicator?

2asquonk
Modificato: Mar 8, 2007, 5:32am

I am currently reading around various events in the fifties through the sixties, particularly Suharto's coup and its effect on the Cultural Revolution . . . it was only after looking at various Trotskyist analyses, particularly Mandel, that things began making sense to me. So from that perspective, and from that of understanding Stalinist/Maoist policies in general, I think some sort of history of the various Trotskyist branches is important.

A lot of people have recommended Deutscher's biography trilogy, but I haven't read it, and so can't recommend it.

3seisdedos Primo messaggio
Mar 14, 2007, 11:41pm

Strike! by Jeremy Brecher is a must not just for an understanding of radical history but specificaly for a trajectory of the American working-class at its most combative and revolutinary moments.

4jacr
Mar 27, 2007, 4:02pm

Coming to this late, I know...

I'd say that the shared books in this groups are skewed rather strongly toward anarchism and away from history. In any list of critical works in radical history, I'd have to include E.P. Thompson's Making of the English Working Class, which is certainly among the foundational works of radical history.

5lquilter
Apr 9, 2007, 4:27pm

Strike! is definitely very good; I have a few others hitting the 1930s strikes that were useful.

6kelt65
Ott 22, 2007, 8:53pm

Well, Howard Zinn most certainly belongs here!

7kelt65
Ott 28, 2007, 5:40am

jacr@4:

Yes, I think that is just a side effect of so many anarchists in the group. There aren't any actual history books in there at all, are there?

8lquilter
Ott 28, 2007, 2:20pm

Strike! is history. Also I tend to think of biographies as history through a first-person lens.

9cedric
Nov 29, 2007, 3:27am

I know this is late in the day but I have just joined and off my own shelf there's Peter Linebaugh The London Hanged, Marcus Rediker Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and Villains of all Nations, then jointly with Linebaugh there's The Many Headed Hydra, Silvia Federici Caliban and the Witch, James Holstun Ehud's Dagger, Christopher Hill The World Turned Upside Down; an excellent account of African - American communists in the 1930s, Robin Kelley Hammer and Hoe. I can hunt arouind and find more American stuff too.

10lquilter
Nov 30, 2007, 9:51am

it's never too late to respond on a thread! love these recommendatiosn -- i had forgotten about Hammer and Hoe.

11cedric
Dic 9, 2007, 8:44am

Another great radical history in graphis style The Wobblies edited by Paul Buhle

12asquonk
Maggio 3, 2008, 2:19pm