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

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xix, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Every now and then, things explode. Riots, uprisings, revolutions, new and bizarre social groups spring up seemingly from nowhere. Our standard histories tend to treat these as oddities, if treated at all, or as misguided responses to hard times, limited by lack of responsible leadership. Here's a People's History to puncture that balloon. From the Cynics & Spartacus through the Levelers, Diggers & Ranters to the Revolution of the Carnation, the San Francisco Diggers, Red Guard of Shenwulian, Brethren of the Free Spirit, Guevara, the Provos & the Metropolitan Indians. Nearly 100 episodes of revolt and utopia which popped up without a plan or a leader from the ancient Greeks to the present.

Fremion lives in Paris where he participated in the May '68 orgasm.

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