City of the Sun: Development and Popular Resistance in the Pre-Modern West

Algora Publishing
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From Mesopotamia to Khazaria, to feudal France and England, the "lower classes" rebelled whenever they could; they organized, struck, campaigned, rioted, revolted, fought battles and wars, and otherwise resisted the rule of the socially dominant. All this, well before the existence of modern-day unions, co-operatives, labor and socialist parties, and the philosophical and political movements of anarchism, Marxism, and social or Christian democracy.<p>Some historians offer the conservative judgment to the effect that the lower social orders accepted the rule of a powerful, wealthy minority; that is by no means true, as this sweeping history illustrates. People did resist, whenever they could do so, and often quite successfully. This book shows how, why, and when they did.<p>'City of the Sun' gathers evidence, mostly from secondary sources, of this popular resistance during pre-modern, historical periods in the Occident. Furthermore, it provides context, theory, and a framework for understanding popular resistance as being part and parcel of the processes of development, that is, societal transformation through the centuries, including the development of religion and state.


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Michael Martin is a leading authority on the history of the Canadian working class. His knowledge is based on research and writing, but also personal study, reflection, political militancy, and lived experience. City of the Sun is his third book. His previous works focused on Canada: 'The Red Patch: A Story of Political Imprisonment in Hull, Quebec During WWII," and 'Working Class Culture and the Development of Hull, Quebec, 1800-1929.' <p>Mr. Martin was the main translator from French to English of 'The City of Buckingham,' a history of this Quebec community near Ottawa. As a freelance writer, he has published about 300 articles in French and English on topics in politics, local history, social policy, medicine, health care, housing, architecture, and others. He holds a Master's in Public Administration and an Honours B.A. in Political Science.


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Apr 17, 2017
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History / Europe / General
History / World
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Radicalism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
Social Science / Sociology / General
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