Industrial Domestication

Industry as the Origins of Modern Domination Leopold Roc     16p     5 x 8 An excellent description of the history and methods used to force some of the first people from their homes into factories. No one goes willing, it isn’t smooth, inevitable or anything close to a ‘revolution.’ Industrial Domestication PDF … Continue reading Industrial Domestication

The Century of Revolution

1603-1714 Christopher Hill 1961 368p 5 x 8 During this period modern English society and a modern state began to take shape, and England’s position in the world was transformed. Marxist historian Hill tries to delve below the familiar events to grasp what happened to ordinary english commoners as well as to kings and queens … Continue reading The Century of Revolution

The Anarchists

James Joll 1964 303p 6 x 8 A good over-view of classical anarchism, focusing almost exclusively on europe. Beginning in the late 1700s with William Godwin and continuing on with Proudhon, Kropotkin and Bakunin. Details evolutions and differences in philosophy, the paris commune, russian revolution, spanish civil war, the era of dynamite, etc. $4-10 Other … Continue reading The Anarchists

Madness and Civilization

A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason Michel Foucault 1965 320p 5 x 8 Foucault’s first major book, it is an examination of the evolving meaning of madness in European culture, law, politics, philosophy and medicine from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century, and a critique of historical method … Continue reading Madness and Civilization

The History of Sexuality Vol. I

An Introduction: The Will to Knowledge Michel Foucault 1976 168p 5 x 8 According to Foucault, by the 19th-century, when capitalism and industrialization had allowed for the development of a dominant bourgeois social class, discourse on sex was not suppressed, but in fact proliferated. Bourgeois society ‘put into operation an entire machinery for producing true … Continue reading The History of Sexuality Vol. I

Open Veins of Latin America

Five Centuries of the Pillage of the Continent Eduardo Galeano     1971     317p     6 x 9 Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and … Continue reading Open Veins of Latin America

The London Hanged

Crime and Civil Society in the 18th Century Peter Linebaugh     1991     524p     6 x 9 Peter Linebaugh’s groundbreaking history has become an inescapable part of any understanding of the rise of capitalism. In eighteenth-century London the spectacle of a hanging was not simply a form of punishing transgressors. Rather it … Continue reading The London Hanged

Faces and Masks

Memory of Fire Vol. II Eduardo Galeano     1984     312p     5 x 8 Galeano continues his imaginative history of the Americas. In this second volume of his Memory of Fire trilogy, he gives us crucial moments of the 18th and 19th centuries: the clash between European and native cultures, the … Continue reading Faces and Masks