Revolutionary Lives is a book series of short introductory critical biographies of radical political figures. The books are sympathetic but not sycophantic, and the intention is to present a balanced and where necessary critical evaluation of the individual's place in their political field, putting their actions and achievements in context and exploring issues raised by their lives, such as the use or rejection of violence, nationalism, or gender in political activism. While individuals are the subject of the books, their personal lives are dealt with lightly except insofar as they mesh with political issues. The focus of these books is the contribution their subjects have made to history, an examination of how far they achieved their aims in improving the lives of the oppressed and exploited, and how they can continue to be an inspiration for many today.
Series editorsBrian Doherty has been a member of the academic staff in Politics, at Keele since 1991, teaching political sociology, and doing research on environmentalism and protest. He did his PHD at Manchester University, in which he compared the ideologies of the British, French and German Green parties. His principal research interest is in the relationship between radical ideas and actions, particularly in environmental movements.
Sarah Irving is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Electronic Intifada, Guardian Online and New Internationalist. She has held editorial roles at Red Pepper, Peace News and Ethical Consumer magazine. She is author of the Bradt Guide to Palestine (2011) and co-author (with Sharyn Lock) of Gaza: Beneath the Bombs (Pluto, 2010).
Professor Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. He is the author of Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience (2006), A Short History of the US Working Class (1999) and editor of Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings of VI Lenin (Pluto, 2008) and Rosa Luxemburg: Socialism or Barbarism (Pluto, 2010).
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