A new week carrying a lot of very important things and a wind of changes. Plus, i am convinced that Revolution by the Beatles is the right soundtrack for this age, nevermind if it was written in the sixties
You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world
do you guys ever associate certain seasons with certain periods of history? I don’t know why but in my mind, Colonial/Revolutionary America has always been autumn, Victorian England has always been winter, Regency England and the Rococo era have always been spring, and the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque era have always been summer
In 1784, the whatchmaker Pierre Kintzing and the cabinetmaker David Roentgen,presented at Versailles the Joueuse de Tympanon, an automaton looking like Marie Antoinette. It is said that the automaton’s hair were those of the Queen and that its dress had been created/made with the same fabric of one of Maria Antoinette dresses. The music played by the Joueuse was composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck Allemand; a German composer who was also the Queen’s music teacher. Marie antoinette, who understood the value of such a creation bought it in 1785 and donated it to the accademy of sciences. The Joueuse de tympanon , survived the horrors of the revolution is now in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris yet fully functional.
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The idea that Italian immigrants were bomb-throwing anarchists was a big stereotype in the United States from roughly the 1890s to the 1920s. On the ship’s manifest from when my grandmother’s parents came through Ellis Island c. 1919 there’s actually a column titled “Whether An Anarchist” (as if anybody’s going to say yes to that when they know you’re looking for excuses to keep them out of the country, like…there are flaws in this plan US gov’t).
“But Noelle,” you ask, “Why did this stereotype exist? Was there any truth to these wild accusations? Was there actually an Italian American anarchist movement?”
Hey! I really love your blog, you're amazingly informative and funny. I was wondering, would you have any good recommendations on anarchist history or anarchist historiography? I just began a history major (yes, I know, it's horrible and I regret it everyday, all these students are either braindead, oppressive or downright fascist scum), and I've noticed a lack of anarchist historians on Wikipedia (Murray FUCKING Rothbard is in the list, seriously?). So, what would you recommend? Thank you!
Don’t regret studying history, it’s the best subject, I count myself extremely lucky to be able to study it… and also, it’s a warzone!
I just looked on the “anarchist historians” page on wikipedia, and oh my god. There are only 2 people on there, and neither of them are anarchists!.. the “historians of anarchism” page is a bit better, not sure why the many solid anarchists on there didn’t make it into the “anarchist historians” page, but that’s wikipedia for you
Of the people listed, Paul Avrich is the obvious and most prolific historian of anarchism, all of his books are great, well researched and beautiful written. Before him, the first really great anarchist historian was Max Nettlau, he wrote the first sympathetic biographies of guys like Malatesta and Bakunin and was also the first great archivist of anarchist material, there are a lot of 19th century anarchist texts we wouldn’t have if it wasn't for Nettlau… he wrote a seven volume history of anarchism which became the blueprint for later projects (like George Woodcock’s book).
Apart from those two godfather types, worth checking out from the wiki list are especially Robert Graham, Alexandre Skirda, David Goodway, Stuart Christie, Michael Schmidt, Lucien van der Walt, and Mark Leier, all have made really great contributions, in my opinion. I’d particularly recommend Leier’s biography of Bakunin, Schmidt and van der Walt’s “black flame” and Skirda’s classic book on Makhno.
So, who’s missing from the list?
Pier Carlo Masini is noticeably absent, a very important historian of Italian anarchism and the first international… It’s also pretty unfair that they list Skirda but not his long time friend, colleague and comrade Roland Biard, who was also an important historian of anarchism in France.Frank Mintz and Martha Acklesberg should both be there for their work on the Spanish revolution. Tom Goyen’s book on German speaking anarchists in New York is one of the best of more recent books on anarchist history, also Davide Turcato, Sam Mbah, Gabriel Kuhn, Arif Dirlik, Vadim Damier…I recently read an amazing book by Jennifer Guglielmo called “Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945” which is really groundbreaking in it’s study of the intersection of anarchist politics, gender and racial formation among Italian anarchist women in New York and New Jersey specifically.
I’m probably missing out many important historians here but hey I’m doing better than wikipedia ;)
One book I haven’t read but am really looking forward to is Wolfgang Eckhardt’s forthcoming work on the Bakunin/Marx split in the first international. I predict that it’ll be brilliant.
There are also a great many historical works written by non anarchist historians or not about anarchism specifically which are very valuable to anarchists - stuff by guys like Peter Linebaugh, Sylvia Federici, Staughton Lynd, Maurice Brinton, Marcus Rediker, Beverly Silver, Michael Lowy, Benedict Anderson, Marcel Van der Linden, Jacques Ranciere etc…
It’s even sometimes worth reading books by bourgeois shitbags who are totally hostile to anarchism, purely because they have done good research. This was an experience I had recently with Timothy Messer-Kruse’s “The Haymarket Conspiracy: Transatlantic Anarchist Networks” - he’s a cop loving prick who has it in for anarchism, but hey he dug up some interesting archival information which definitely did further my understanding of the scene as it existed, so it was worthwhile, even if I did have to shout at the book a bit.
Anyway let me know if there is anything else I can help with beyond this boring list of names :)
This Easter break has unsurprisingly caused my concept of time to run away, definitely need to start work earlier in the day! Tonight was looking over history notes and summarising key areas. I adore the history course I chose. First year looked at Luther, Henry VIII and witchcraft, while A2 year is on the Italian Renaissance and revolution, Republic and restoration in England. Our history department offers twentieth century and Empire and freedom as well, so being able to chose a specific area was so gooooood. Anyways, hope you’re all having a good day and continue to make it good. Eat your greens kids xoxox
A youth-led rebellion is spreading across southern Europe brought into focus by a new generation of protesters taking possession of squares and parks in cities around Spain, united by a rejection of mainstream politicians and fury over spending cuts.
Protests are also planned in Italy, where the tag #italianrevolution is a trend on Twitter. Plans have been announced for a Tahrir Square-style piazza occupation in Florence on Thursday night, and for further protests in Italian cities, including Rome and Milan, on Friday.
Too early to judge if that’s real change or hype… But it’s refreshing, though! :-)
In Rome - at 8 pm tonight in piazza di Spagna - (as well as in many other Italian towns) twitter and FB call for a meeting leading to change, against crisis, desperation, and privileges. It’s not just a thing for young people (though they are most affected, possibly) - merely stating “it’s gone too far” is no longer enough, now!
Search for more info under hash-tag #italianrevolution
The famous Italian revolution and general Giuseppe Garibaldi offered his services to Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, but only if he was appointed Supreme Commander of the Union Army. He turned down a commission to become a Major General.