Syndicalism, Strikes and Revolutionary Action in France

  • F. F. Ridley


‘Once simply economic, the strike has become revolutionary — the workers have made of it a weapon of war.’ ‘The union is a militant formation organised for the class struggle, and the strike is the most common weapon.’ Thus two French historians of the labour movement, one sympathetic, the other hostile, writing in the first decade of this century when revolutionary syndicalism appeared to dominate French trade unions.


Direct Action Labour Movement Political Theorist Class Struggle General Strike 
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  1. 1.
    This article draws in part on my earlier book Revolutionary Syndicalism in France (Cambridge, 1970). The two works referred to are: E. Shorter and C. Tilly, Strikes in France 1830–1968 (Cambridge, 1974);Google Scholar
  2. P. N. Stearns, Revolutionary Syndicalism and French Labor (Rutgers, 1971 ).Google Scholar

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© Wolfgang J. Mommsen and Gerhard Hirschfeld 1982

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