List of the monographs, films and original documents purchased and/or donated recently to www.explosivepolitics.com. At the top of the pile of this month’s noteworthy books received is an insightful analysis of The Dynamics of Radicalisation by Eitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou and Lorenzo Bosi (2015) and a thought-provoking study of the Politics of violence by Charlotte Heath-Kelly (2012). Among the films and documents received, a box set with all the films on Algeria produced by the French anti-colonialist and engaged filmmaker René Vautier (2014) and an original pirate version of Carlos Marighella’s mini manual of Urban guerrilla published by the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) in 1970.
The Dynamics of Radicalisation (2015) by Eitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou and Lorenzo Bosi. Why is it that some social movements engaged in contentious politics experience radicalization whereas others do not? The Dynamics of Radicalization edited by Eitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou and Lorenzo Bosi offers an innovative reply by investigating how and when social movement organizations switch from a nonviolent mode of contention to a violent one. Moving beyond existing explanations that posit aggressive motivations, grievances or violence-prone ideologies, this book demonstrates how these factors gain and lose salience in the context of relational dynamics among various parties and actors involved in episodes of contention. Oxford University Press, 352 pages, paperback – ISBN: 978-0-19-993772-1 (£19.99)
Terrorism and political violence (2015) edited by Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon. Bringing together chapters contributed by members of the Terrorism and Political Violence Association network (TAPVA, UK research network base at the University of Leeds), it offers an insight into a variety of traditional and critical perspectives. It also equips Undergraduate and Postgraduate students with the study skills needed to succeed in coursework and assignments, especially dissertation work. Sage, 328 pages, paperback – ISBN: 9781446272817 (£27.99)
Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, killing in the name (2012) by Charlotte Heath-Kelly. “Of what use is violence?”. Based on interviews with ex-militants from Italian leftist struggle of the 1970s and the Cypriot anti-colonial militancy of the 1950s, Politics of violence is divided in five substantive and thought-provoking chapters. Charlotte Heath-Kelly invites her reader to think about the utility of violence, the problem of mimetic revolutionary violence, the narratives of victory and defeat and their effects on the individuals. A monograph to be fully reviewed by explosivepolitics very soon. Routledge, 196 pages, hardback – ISBN: 978-0-415-85623-2 (£85.00)
Mouvement Ibérique de Libération. Mémoires de rebelles (2007). (Iberian Liberation Movement. Memoires of rebels) edited by Jean-Claude Duhourcq and Antoine Madrigal and published by the CRAS. It is a comprehensive review of the history and documents published by the Toulouse and Barcelona-based 1970s anarchist armed group Iberian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Ibérico de Liberación, MIL). The book includes a series of interviews with ex-members of the MIL. This is a definitive primer in order to understand the messy story of the MIL. Editions du CRAS, paperback, ISBN: 2950919219 (22 euros). The book is also available in pdf format (free download from the CRAS website).
Films and documentaries
René Vautier en Algérie (René Vautier in Algeria). A Box set of 4 DVD with 15 films produced by the great French anti-colonialist and engaged filmmaker René Vautier between 1956 and 1988, on colonialism and decolonisation, the Algerian resistance and the Algerian war. The box set notably includes the famous “Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès” (to be twenty in the Aurès) and a series of interviews on René Vautier. This collection of must-see films is released by the French cooperative Les mutins de Pangée (28€). Soon to be reviewed on explosivepolitics.com
Manual of the urban Guerilla (1970) is a Namibian pirate reproduction of the famous Carlos Marighella’s mini-manual of urban guerrilla released in 1969. This edition published in 1970 by “Spade” comes with a 6 pages long conclusion by Andreas Zack Shipanga, a founding member of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO). The conclusion is entitled “Namibia: Answer to Trusteeship”.
The German guerrilla: Terror, reaction and resistance (1981) written by Jean-Marcel Bougereau, translated by Peter Silcock and published by Cienfuegos Press & Soil of Liberty is a compilation of documents, essays and interviews including one with Hans-Joachim Klein on the subject of German guerrillas. The book also includes a statement taken from a Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF, Red Army Faction) pamphlet introduced by a brief presentation entitled “Background to the Left German Guerrilla”.
La lanterne noire (April 1977) (The black lantern – periodical). 8th issue of the French anarchist journal produced by some members of the radical French worker’s group (Informations et Correspondance Ouvrière, ICO – Workers Newsletter and Information) and members of Noir & Rouge (Black and Red). The journal includes several articles on Spain, a discussion on anarchism and feminism and several press accounts on Uruguay, Italy and Northern Ireland.