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Marxism at Work : Ideology, Class and French Socialism during the Third Republic - Robert Stuart

Marxism at Work

Ideology, Class and French Socialism during the Third Republic

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Published: 28th August 1992
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Despite a century of debate and criticism, Marxism as a mass ideological practice has remained an elusive topic. This book examines Marxist socialism as a mode of understanding and self-understanding treasured and transmitted by thousands of anonymous militants. It focuses on the Parti Ouvrier Francais, the "Guesdists," an archetypal movement of Marxism's "Golden Age" before World War I, the period when Marxist socialism evolved from sect to mass movement. Thousands of French socialists adopted Marxism due to the effectiveness of vulgar Guesdist polemic rather than Marx's profound theoretical works, and entire communities were converted to an austere but messianic socialism that still affects French politics today. This book traces the doctrine's birth through conflict with liberals, proto-fascists, and anarchists; its "making" of a working class, and its attempted seduction of the middle class; and its confusion before the alternative social visions of the Catholic devout, racist nationalists, and feminists.

'This book is an outstanding piece of scholarship devoted to the ideological rather than the organizational history of the Parti Ouvrier, the French representative of the 'orthodox' Marxism of the Second International ... This is a fascinating and sustained argument, lucidly presented in a nicely produced book.' Political Studies

Preface
Ideology, history, and the study of Marxism
The Parti Ouvrier Francais: its history and historiography
The axioms of class war
The Making of the French Working Class
The capitalist mode of production and proletarianisation
Problems of proletarianisation
Class and industrial organisation
The bourgeois state versus the proletarian party
Reform and revolution
The Unmaking of the French Working Class
Religion and the class war
Class versus blood and soil
Gender, generations, and class
History and Class Conflict
French Marxism and the bourgeoisie
The Guesdists and the petite bourgeoisie
Marxism and rural society
Marxists encounter the 'new middle class'
The proletarian revolution and the socialist utopia
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521415262
ISBN-10: 0521415268
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 28th August 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.95