Reflections On Violence by Georges Sorel


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Collier Books, 1972. Translated by T. E. Hulme. Introduction Edward A. Shils. 

'Reflections on Violence first appeared as a series of articles in Le Mouvement Socialiste in 1906. Translations extended its influence around the world. Sorel addresses the factors underlying revolutionary movements and examines the roles of violence (the revolutionary denial of the existing social order) and force (the state's power of coercion).
He further explores sources of political power, the weapons of revolutions, the insurrection and the general strike, and the significant role of "myths" in recruiting and motivating potential revolutionaries.'