Books for changing the world


Michael Löwy’s Revolutions presents a startling visual documentation of a wide range of seminal revolutionary events, from the Paris Commune of 1872 through to the Zapatista uprising of the mid-1990s. The immediacy and dynamism of the book’s images tells the story of these upheavals in a way that texts rarely can, offering a rare glimpse of these complex and messy events and the real human beings who drove them.

This celebration of the book’s release will showcase dozens of these stirring photos as the participants discuss what the images tell us about their moments, and how today’s socialist movement can draw lessons from the revolutionary struggles of the past.



Marianela D’Aprile is a writer in Chicago. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s National Political Committee.

Aline Klein is on the editorial board of Jacobin Brasil and is an activist in the Party for Socialism and Freedom (PSOL).

Michael Löwy is emeritus research director at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). He is the author of numerous books, including Revolutions; On Changing the World; the Politics of Combined and Uneven Development; and the War of the Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin AmericaFire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History.”

Todd Chretien (moderator) is an organizer, author, translator, and high school Spanish teacher. He has contributed to several books, including Socialist Strategy and Electoral Politics, and is editor of Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution.