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Fernand Pelloutier and Revolutionary Syndicalism

  • Jeremy Jennings
Part of the St Antony’s book series

Abstract

Fernand Pelloutier can, in the words of Pierre Monatte, be ‘justly regarded as the father of revolutionary syndicalism’.1 Born in 1867, Pelloutier came to syndicalism via provincial radical republicanism and then orthodox Marxism. By profession a journalist, his break with Guesdism took place in 1892 when he, along with Aristide Briand, jointly defended the use of the general strike. As secretary of the Fédération des bourses du travail from 1895 (at the age of only 27) until his death in 1901 he went part of the way towards creating the organisational basis of an autonomous working-class movement and in his books and numerous articles he outlined the rudiments of syndicalism as a distinct ideology. He also provided the syndicalist movement with an example of dedication and commitment that few, if any, were subsequently to surpass.2

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Proportional Representation Capitalist System Strike Action General Strike Future Society 
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  • Jeremy Jennings
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  1. 1.University CollegeSwanseaUK

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