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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #288 - Read: Zancarini-Fournel, "Struggles and dreams" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 7 Dec 2018 08:05:26 +0200

Three hundred years of history in France, which is not the history of the powerful, that of the castles and monarchs, the palaces of the republic and their occupants, any more than that of the " supreme saviors " but that of the classes popular and oppressed of all kinds. And let's just say it all, this well documented book (with a lot of notes and references at the end of the book) is an undeniable success. ---- The author gives us a vast narrative, which is the opposite of a saga or image of Épinal, of the way in which the " little people " are confronted, sometimes contradictory, with political decisions, economic choices, technical developments, wars and revolutions, and their profound consequences on social organization and daily life. ---- It recalls, relying on multiple lived experiences of men and women, actors and actresses most often ignored or unknown to official narratives, the history of everyday accommodations and that of the resistances larvae or open, struggles, the will to change the order of things, and ends (temporarily ?) on the period opened by the strikes of 1995, the struggles of the " without " and the urban revolts of 2005.

In addition, three aspects are particularly noteworthy. This popular history is not limited to metropolitan France, the history of the colonized - the West Indies, Guyana, Reunion, Africa, New Caledonia, the Far East, each with its particularities - fully holds its place, as well as that of migrants .es of diverse origin, welcomed most of the time " with closed arms " ...

Similarly, Michelle Zancarini-Fournel, in each period, gives women their rightful place, always present, often decisive.

Finally, this story tells the evolutions and the struggles of the working world without forgetting the evolutions of the rural world and the peasant struggles.

In short, this book is hearty, but far from being indigestible or pedantic, it is tasted in six parts and eighteen chapters well designed and articulated.

A way to make the story intelligible, useful to any activist, and profitable to everyone.

Gerard Coste (AL Saint Denis)

Michelle Zancarini-Fournel, Wrestling and dreams , Éditions La découverte, 2016, 995 pages, 28 euros

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