Paul B. Miller's From revolutionaries to citizens : antimilitarism in France, PDF

By Paul B. Miller

From Revolutionaries to Citizens is the 1st complete account of an important antiwar crusade ahead of international conflict I: the antimilitarism of the French Left. overlaying the perspectives and activities of socialists, exchange unionists, and anarchists from the time of France’s defeat through Prussia in 1870 to the outbreak of hostilities with Germany in 1914, Paul B. Miller tackles a primary query of prewar historiography: how did the main antimilitarist tradition and society in Europe come to simply accept or even aid struggle in 1914?

Although extra basic money owed of the Left’s “failure” to halt foreign battle in August 1914 specialise in its loss of harmony or the decline of exchange unionism, Miller contends that those causes slightly scratch the skin in terms of examining the Left’s overwhelming recognition of the battle. by way of embedding his cultural research of antimilitarist propaganda into the bigger political and diplomatic heritage of prewar Europe, he unearths the Left’s possible unexpected transformation “from revolutionaries to voters” as much less a failure of unravel than a confession of commonality with the wider beliefs of republican France. analyzing resources starting from police documents and court docket documents to German and British overseas workplace memos, Miller emphasizes the luck of antimilitarism as a rallying cry opposed to social and political inequities on behalf of normal electorate. regardless of their willing understanding of the bloodletting that awaited Europe, he claims, antimilitarists finally permitted the battle with Germany for a similar cause that they had pursued their very own fight inside France: to handle injustices and shield the rights of voters in a democratic society.

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Perhaps Millerand argued the point best, reminding his fellow socialists that they are ‘‘patriots, profoundly patriots, patriots of feeling and of reason. . ’’∏≠ While revanchisme is certainly prevalent here, more noteworthy is that both sides felt that they were serving the cause of lasting peace with their opposing positions on the alliance. For the socialist Left, this meant going against popular sentiment, including that of many of their own constituents, by refusing to accept an agreement with an autocratic power.

Faithful to its goal of becoming a new International, delegates from across France gathered in Saint-Etienne on July 14 to 16, 1905. There were no breakthroughs at the congress, yet no major disruptions either. After debate on issues such as ‘‘desertion and its practical value,’’ the section returned to the principles that had united it in the first place, in particular its commitment to insurrection (the workers’ revolution) in the case of war, and the more conciliatory position that because ‘‘desertion only constitutes an individual action without practical value from the antimilitarist viewpoint, the aia would ‘‘neither condemn nor advocate’’ it.

It did not take long for police to link the brochures with the receipts and build a strong case against Pouget. On learning that Herzig had sent him twenty thousand copies of À L’armée, police traced the packages to Pouget’s luckless contacts and forced them to stand trial with him and other leaders of the March 9 rally. ’’ Consequently the June trial, dubbed the ‘‘Louise Michel A√air’’ after the female anarchist who led the protest, made headlines for a week and included evidence that Pouget’s chemicals could be used to make explosives.

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