A People’s History of Modern Europe
William A. Pelz
Institute of Working Class History
£18 / $28 / 288pp
William A. Pelz is Director of the Institute of Working Class History in Chicago and Professor of History at Elgin Community College. His recent works include Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy (Haymarket Books, 2016), Karl Marx: A World to Win (Pearson, 2012) and Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March (Peter Lang Publishing, 2007).
Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions from below. The German peasant wars of Thomas Müntzer, the bourgeois revolutions of the eighteenth century, the rise of the industrial worker in England, the turbulent journey of the Russian Soviets, the role of the European working class throughout the Cold War, student protests in 1968 and through to the present day, where we continue to fight to forge an alternative to the barbaric economic system. With sections focusing on the role of women, this history sweeps away the tired platitudes of the privileged, and provides an opportunity to see our history differently.
‘This book is a splendid antidote to the many European histories dominated by kings, businessmen and generals. . . . a lively and informative intellectual tour de force.’
-Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam)
‘Presents a challenging alternative to the conventional narratives of European history, putting the sufferings and the resistance of working women (often written out of history) and men at the centre of the story.’
– Ian Birchall, Author (London) of The Spectre of Babeuf
‘This is a history of Europe that doesn’t remove the Europeans. Here there are not only kings, presidents, institutions but the pulse of the people and social organizations that shaped Europe. A must-read’
– Raquel Varela, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)