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The orgasms of history : 3000 years of spontaneous insurrection
Frémion, Yves.
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Orgasmes de l'histoire. English
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Edinburgh ; Oakland : AK Press, [2002]

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xix, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Conventional history tends to either overlook the eruptions that occur in political and everyday life, or reduce them to a misguided reaction to hard times resulting from a lack of leadership. This book sets the record straight by documenting the key events of social upheaval in world history. From the Cynics and Spartacus, through the Levellers, Diggers and Ranters right up to the Watts riots and much more, here are wild stories of people taking control rather than asking for reform.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. viii
The Cynicsp. 1
Spartacusp. 8
The Bagaudip. 12
The Norman Peasant Warp. 15
The English Peasants' Revolt: The Great Companyp. 17
Los Remensasp. 24
Etienne De La Boetie's Discourse on Voluntary Servitudep. 27
The Iroquois Leaguep. 32
The Leagues and the Carnival in Romansp. 37
Levellers, Diggers, and Ranters--The English Revolutionp. 45
The Ormeep. 56
The French Revolutionp. 64
The Paris Communep. 86
The Cempuis Orphanagep. 101
La Ruchep. 104
The Zapatistasp. 108
The Makhnovshchinap. 119
Spartakusp. 129
The Councils Republic of Bavariap. 136
The Hungarian Councils Republicp. 142
The Rio Gallegos Workers' Associationp. 151
The Spanish Revolution and the Durruti Columnp. 154
The Souvenir Album of Buenaventura Durrutip. 163
The People's Uprising in Hungaryp. 172
The Red Guards of the Shengwulianp. 181
The San Francisco Diggersp. 191
May '68p. 198
Christianiap. 209
The Revolution of the Carnationsp. 215
Le Larzacp. 228