New book details Marxist-Leninists in Acadia

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Julien Massicotte, a professor of sociology at the University of Moncton, Edmundston Campus, and Philippe Volpé, a history PhD student at the University of Ottawa, have launched a book entitled “In the days of the ‘Acadian revolution’: Marxist-Leninists in Acadia.” The book was published by The University of Ottawa Press.

The back cover reports that “The 1970s are a particularly turbulent decade in terms of social mobilization, political and cultural Acadia. Following the reforms implemented by the government of Louis J. Robichaud in New Brunswick and modernization of Acadian institutions during the 1960s, the 1970s are the ideologies theater and concomitant further commitments leading activism of the previous decade. This is the time when take the stage the Parti Acadien, the magazine L’Acayen and several organizations and workers’ associations, feminists and students. It was during this period that began to appear in Acadia the first splinter groups claiming directly from Marx, Lenin and Mao, or communism in general.”

“The authors of this book have tried to account in an analysis at the border of history and sociology, this forgotten chapter of Acadian recent past,” the description continues. “In the center and the margins of different social events and phenomena, ranging from poverty to economic conflicts, cultural and generational, through trade unionism and multiple protests, the presence of Marxist-Leninists in the Maritimes became feeling quietly, certainly, but in many ways. It is this history that Philippe Volpé and Julien Massicotte we engage in a thorough and fascinating study of the extreme left in Acadia. ”

Massicotte focuses on the social changes in Acadian New Brunswick. Volpé’s work in politics and intellectual history of Acadia interests include the history of youth, social movements and ideological transformations.

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