Jules Guesde pp 169-198 | Cite as

‘Eternal Guesdism’: The Prophet’s Legacies

  • Jean-Numa DucangeEmail author
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


Guesde and Guesdism had an important legacy, at least up till the 1970s. In both the Socialist and the Communist parties he was one of the greats—a figure honoured over decades. Jaurès was long celebrated in direct connection with Guesde, and for a long time broad layers of militants even preferred Guesde to Jaurès as a figure. With the emergence of the new left in the 1960s, the term ‘Guesdism’ became a form of stigma, thus helping to mask the role this figure had played in the French left.

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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of RouenMont-Saint-AignanFrance

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