A People's History of Modern Europe

A People's History of Modern Europe

By William A. Pelz
Book Description

From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the Twenty-first Century, A People's History of Modern Europe tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget. Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions from below. The German peasant wars of Thomas Müntzer, the bourgeoisie revolutions of the eighteenth century through to the rise of the industrial worker in England and the turbulent journey of the Russian Soviets, the role of the European working class throughout the Cold War, students 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 which our current understanding is based upon, and provides an opportunity to see our history differently.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. "The King's in His Castle ... All's Right with the World": The Collapse of the Middle Ages
  • 2. "The Other Reformation": Martin Luther, Religious Dogma and the Common People
  • 3. "The World Turned Upside Down": The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century and the English Revolution, 1640-49
  • 4. The Rise of the Third Estate: The French People Revolt
  • 5. Becoming an Appendage to the Machine: The Revolution in Production
  • 6. From the Revolutions of 1848-49 to the First People's Democracy: The Paris Commune
  • 7. The Rise of the Working Classes: Trade Unions and Socialism, 1871-1914
  • 8. Protest and Mutiny Confront Mass Slaughter: Europeans in World War I
  • 9. War Leads to Revolution: Russia (1917), Central Europe (1918-19)
  • 10. Economic Collapse and the Rise of Fascism, 1920-33
  • 11. Against Fascist Terror: War and Genocide, 1933-45
  • 12. A New Europe? 1945-48
  • 13. Europeans in the Cold War: Between Moscow and Washington
  • 14. From the Berlin Wall to the Prague Spring: A New Generation of Europeans
  • 15. Fighting for Peace in an Atomic Age, 1969-89
  • 16. Europe Falls into the Twenty-First Century
  • Notes
  • Index
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