A People's History of Modern Europe
Distributed for Pluto Press
The origin of capitalism and modern industrialism—and, not unrelated, the birthplace of Marxism—modern Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions. 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.
Along the way, William A. Pelz examines the German peasant wars of Thomas Müntzer, the bourgeoisie 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, and the revolutionary students in 1968. He then brings his story to the present day, where we continue to fight to forge an alternative to a heartless and often barbaric economic system.
As Germany and Greece argue over who owes what, with the very idea of Europe crumbling around them, Pelz’s accessible, provocative history could not be timelier. Sure to resonate with fans of books like Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, this people’s history sweeps away the tired platitudes of the privileged and provides an opportunity to understand the story of Europe from the ground up.
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, 1640-1649
4. 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 1848-1849 to the First Peoples Democracy: Paris Commune
7. 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 (1918-1919)
10. Economic Collapse and the Rise of Fascism, 1920-1933
11. Against Fascist Terror, War and Genocide, 1933-1945
12. A New Europe, 1945-1948?
13. Europeans in the Cold War: Between Moscow and Washington
14. From Berlin Wall to Prague Spring- A New Generation of Europeans
15. Fighting for Peace in an Atomic Age, 1969-1989
16. Europe falls into the Twenty-First Century