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Bringing the war home : the Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and revolutionary violence in the sixties and seventies

Author: Jeremy Varon
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why Did Young, Middle-Class Radicals in prosperous democratic societies attempt to overthrow their governments by armed force in the 1960s and 1970s? How did they carry out this program of violence? These questions form the basis of this first comprehensive comparison of left-wing violence in the United States and West Germany. Using a wealth of primary material, ranging from interviews to FBI reports, Jeremy Varon  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Varon
ISBN: 0520230329 9780520230323 0520241193 9780520241190
OCLC Number: 53075467
Description: xiii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Agents of necessity": Weatherman, the Red Army Faction, and the turn to violence --
The importance of being militant: the days of rage and their critics --
"Hearts and minds": The antiwar movement, violence, and the critical mass --
The excesses and limits of revolutionary violence --
Deadly abstraction: the Red Army Faction and the politics of murder --
"Democratic intolerance": The Red Army Faction and the West German State.
Responsibility: Jeremy Varon.
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Features a comparison of left-wing violence in the United States and West Germany. This book focuses on America's Weather Underground and Germany's Red Army Faction to consider how and why young,  Read more...

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