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A collapsing empire in the age of war and revolution

The 1916 revolt was a key event in the history of Central Asia, and of the Russian Empire in the First World War. This volume is the first comprehensive reassessment of its causes, course and consequences in English for over sixty years. It draws together a new generation of leading historians from North America, Japan, Europe, Russia and Central Asia, working with Russian archival sources, oral narratives, poetry and song in Kazakh and Kyrgyz. These illuminate in unprecedented detail the origins and causes of the revolt, and the immense human suffering which it entailed. They also situate the revolt in a global perspective as part of a chain of rebellions and disturbances that shook the world’s empires, as they crumbled under the pressures of total war.

The Rif war, the Syrian rebellion, Yen Bay and the Kongo Wara
Martin Thomas

Four distinct rebellions shook the French empire between the wars. The Rif war in northern Morocco and the Syrian revolt originating in the autonomous state of the Jabal Druze were major uprisings that had some claim to be national rebellions. They were suppressed only by the deployment of overwhelming French military firepower. The Yen Bay mutiny in

in The French empire between the wars
Woodstock after the Peasants’ Revolt
Stephen Longstaffe

not by a focus on the tragic poet-king but on an event early in his reign: the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt. The earliest, the anonymous Jack Straw , deals as its name suggests with the rising itself, was printed in 1594, and probably dates from the early 1590s. It was reprinted in 1604. The anonymous play now usually known as Woodstock , which is set in the aftermath of 1381, also

in Shakespeare’s histories and counter-histories
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Queer Feminist Film Curation and the Freedom to Revolt
So Mayer and Selina Robertson

During summer 2018, Club Des Femmes (CDF), in collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office funded by the British Film Institute (BFI), curated a UK-wide touring season of films considering the aftermath of May 1968. ‘Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ’68’ comprised nine feature films and eight accompanying shorts, exploring the legacy of 1968 on contemporary feminisms, art and activism transnationally. In this article, two members of CDF unpack the queer feminist ethics and affects of the tour, through the voices of multiple participants, and framed conceptually by Sara Ahmed’s ‘willful feminist’ and Donna Haraway’s ‘staying with the trouble’.

Film Studies

In the sixteenth century, many different stories on the Revolt in the Low Countries spread throughout Europe, written by very different authors with very different intentions. Over time this plethora of sources and interpretations faded away, leaving us with only a couple of canonical narratives, extremely opposed in essence. In this way, the Dutch and Spanish national myths were forged on the basis of two different visions of the conflict: as a liberation war and act of rebellion against cruel Spanish oppressors or as a glorious part of the history of the Spanish Empire. This book revolves around the concept of episodic narratives, factual texts on the events and its protagonists, which can be seen at first sight as anecdotic, but that happen to be the building blocks of history. This approach renders the book thought-provoking for anybody interested in the history of the Revolt in the Low Countries, but also for those who wish to understand the dynamics of early modern narratives. Since it offers a wide array of sources in different languages it also provides readers with the chance to engage with texts they do not have easy access to. How did the Spanish write about the Revolt, what can we find in Italian chronicles, what were the Jesuits writing in their letters and how does the war look like from the perspective of a local nobleman or a Spanish commander?

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr

The historiography on the revolt of the Ciompi is vast, international, and, more than other revolts documented above, divided. On the one hand, Gene Brucker, 1 Sergio Bertelli, 2 Mollat and Wolff, 3 and Raymond de Roover 4 have judged these insurgents as possessing little ‘social cohesion’ or class consciousness; their revolt arose

in Popular protest in late-medieval Europe
Kees van der Pijl

69 3 From the Maidan revolt to regime change As a protest against oligarchic rule and corruption, the Maidan revolt was not unlike the Orange Revolution ten years earlier, but there were also differences. While this time the Yanukovych family’s quest for personal enrichment contributed to the president’s rapidly eroding popularity, Maidan also demonstrated that ‘Europe’ had become a code word for stopping the ongoing plunder. So when Yanukovych, after protracted hesitation, withheld his signature from Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the EU, anger mounted

in Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War
Scott Soo

5 Work, surveillance, refusal and revolt in Vichy and German-occupied France, 1940–44 The presence of the foreign labour force in our country poses an acute problem. Throughout the ages France has honoured itself as a welcoming land. One of the signs of its decadence, however, consisted of leaving the country’s borders wide open for the ever pressing flood of foreigners.1 In August 1940, one of the largest newspapers in south-western France, La Petite Gironde, greeted the agreement between the Vichy regime and the Mexican government on the re-emigration of

in The routes to exile
John Milton on the failure of the Ulster plantation
Nicholas McDowell

the ‘mere’ Irish in the province’. 14 This final point is exemplified when Milton heard news, even while writing, that ‘the Scottish inhabitants of that Province are actually revolted, and have not only besieged in London-Derry those forces which were to have fought against Ormond, and the Irish Rebels; but have in a manner declar’d with them, and begun op’n war against the Parliament; and all this by the incitement and illusions of that unchristian Synagogue at Belfast ’ ( CPW , iii. 322). The fortified city of Derry in the west of Ulster, which had been

in The plantation of Ulster
Alexander Morrison

9 Refugees, resettlement and revolutionary violence in Semirech’e after the 1916 revolt Alexander Morrison Few aspects of the 1916 Central Asian Revolt are more controversial than the measures taken by the Russian Imperial authorities for its suppression. The Russian military historian Andrei Ganin regards these as entirely justified by the violence inflicted on Russian settlers by “savage” Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in July and August 1916, while he also assumes that they were limited to operations of the regular army against armed groups of rebels.1 By contrast, most

in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916