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Digressions on Anarchism and Syndicalism – 1871-1914
Article published on 27 August 2018
last modification on 7 August 2023

by Eric Vilain

To mechanically link the foundation of revolutionary syndicalism to the founding of the CGT in 1895 is a mistake. At this date, the new organization was very weak, small, not very active, without real structuration and still tainted by the Guesdist influence of the National Federation of Trade Unions. At its foundation, “the CGT seemed stllborn,” writes Jacques Julliard, adding that the day after its founding congress in Limoges, “it was not without difficulty that the CGT succeeded in constituting an embryo of organization”! At that time, the “real business” was going on in the “Bourses du travail” [Labour exchanges]. So we are far from the mythology of revolutionary syndicalism usually conveyed by certain authors.


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