Between Marxism and Anarchism
Benoit Malon and French Reformist Socialism
By (author) K. Steven Vincent
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Between Marxism and Anarchism by K. Steven Vincent
Book DescriptionHere is the first scholarly study of the life and thought of Benoit Malon (1841-1893), the most persuasive and visible spokesman for reformist socialism during the early years of the French Third Republic. Active in the generation of the French Left that came of age under the Second Empire, Malon was a prominent member of the First International in Paris and later joined the Paris Commune. As a result, he was forced into exile in Switzerland and Italy during the 1870s, where he became entangled in the struggles within the International. Malon attempted to steer a course between Marxist authoritarianism and anarchist utopianism, which he continued on his return to France in 1880. Vincent analyzes Malon's role as activist, editor, and author, arguing that Malon drew on a strong tradition of left-wing French republicanism. In his mature works, Malon articulated a socialism that emphasized broad moral and socioeconomic reform and advocated parliamentary rule as the appropriate source of national sovereignty. In helping the republican socialist Left shed its revolutionary associations, he pointed the way for later reformist socialists from Jean Jaures to Francois Mitterrand.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520074606
(150mm x 230mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-1992
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - K. Steven Vincent
K. Steven Vincent is Professor of History at North Carolina State University and the author of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the Rise of French Republican Socialism (Oxford, 1984).
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