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Saturday, October 7, 2017
3:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


William Pelz discusses "A People's History of Modern Europe." He will be joined in conversation by Eric Schuster.

At the Co-op

About the book: From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the twenty-first century, "A People's History of Modern Europe" tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget. Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions from below. The German peasant wars of Thomas Müntzer, the bourgeois revolutions of the eighteenth century, the rise of the industrial worker in England, the turbulent journey of the Russian Soviets, the role of the European working class throughout the Cold War, student protests in 1968 and through to the present day, when we continue to fight to forge an alternative to the barbaric economic system. With sections focusing on the role of women, this history sweeps away the tired platitudes of the privileged upon which our current understanding is based, and provides an opportunity to see our history differently.

About the author: Dr. William A. PELZ, Director of the Institute of Working Class History (Chicago), is an historian who specializes in European and comparative labor history. His books include: "A Peoples History of Modern Europe" (2016), "Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy" (2016), "The Eugene V. Debs Reader: Socialism and Democracy" (2014), "Karl Marx: A World to Win" (2012), "Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March" (2007); "The Spartkusbund and the German Working Class Movement" (1988). His articles and reviews have appeared in the American Historical Review, Film & History, German History, German Studies Review, International Labor and Working Class History, International Review of Social History, Labor Studies, Journal of European Studies, and International Labor History Yearbook, among others. To ensure the integrity of his work, all drafts are fact-checked by his cat, Sputnik, for accuracy.

About the interlocutor: Eric Schuster teaches history and political science at Chicago City Colleges.