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The Red Army Faction, a Documentary History: Volume 1: Projectiles for the People (PM Press)

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The first in a two-volume series, as part of a co-publishing project between PM Press and Kersplebedeb, is by far the most in-depth political history of the Red Army Faction ever made available in English. Projectiles for the People starts its story in the days following World War II, showing how American imperialism worked hand in glove with the old pro-Nazi ruling class, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression against Third World nations. The volume also recounts the opposition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, independent leftists, and then – explosively – the radical student movement and countercultural revolt of the 1960s. It was from this revolt that the Red Army Faction emerged, an underground organization devoted to carrying out armed attacks within the Federal Republic of Germany, in the view of establishing a tradition of illegal, guerilla resistance to imperialism and state repression. Through its bombs and manifestos the RAF confronted the state with opposition at a level many activists today might find difficult to imagine. For the first time ever in English, this volume presents all of the manifestos and communiqués issued by the RAF between 1970 and 1977, from Andreas Baaders prison break, through the 1972 May Offensive and the 1974 hostage-taking in Stockholm, to the desperate, and tragic, events of the “German Autumn” of 1977. The RAFs three main manifestos – The Urban Guerilla Concept, Serve the People, and Black September – are included, as are important interviews with Spiegel and le Monde Diplomatique, and a number of communiqués and court statements explaining their actions. Providing the background information that readers will require to understand the context in which these events occurred, separate thematic sections deal with the 1976 murder of Ulrike Meinhof in prison, the 1977 Stammheim murders, the extensive use of psychological operations and false-flag attacks to discredit the guerilla, the states use of sensory deprivation torture and isolation wings, and the prisoners resistance to this, through which they inspired their own supporters and others on the left to take the plunge into revolutionary action. Drawing on both mainstream and movement sources, this book is intended as a contribution to the comrades of today – and to the comrades of tomorrow – both as testimony to those who struggled before and as an explanation as to how they saw the world, why they made the choices they made, and the price they were made to pay for having done so. With a preface by North American class war prisoner Bill Dunne, a revolutionary captured in 1979 following a shoot out with police in Seattle, Washington.

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Literary Nonfiction. European History and Politics. The first in a two-volume series, this is by far the most in-depth political history of the Red Army Faction ever made available in English. PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE starts its story in the days following World War II, showing how American imperialism worked hand in glove with the old pro-Nazi ruling class, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression against Third World nations. The volume also recounts the opposition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, independent leftists, and then--explosively--the radical student movement and countercultural revolt of the 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604860290
Author:
Moncourt, Andre
Publisher:
PM Press
Introduction:
Dunne, Bill
Foreword by:
Dunne, Bill
Foreword:
Dunne, Bill
Editor:
Smith, J.
Author:
Smith, J.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Anarchism
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
PM Press
Series Volume:
Volume 1: Projectile
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , Literary Nonfiction. European History and Politics. The first in a two-volume series, this is by far the most in-depth political history of the Red Army Faction ever made available in English. PROJECTILES FOR THE PEOPLE starts its story in the days following World War II, showing how American imperialism worked hand in glove with the old pro-Nazi ruling class, shaping West Germany into an authoritarian anti-communist bulwark and launching pad for its aggression against Third World nations. The volume also recounts the opposition that emerged from intellectuals, communists, independent leftists, and then--explosively--the radical student movement and countercultural revolt of the 1960s.
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