Blanqui at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
French socialist and revolutionary. A legendary martyr-figure of French radicalism, Blanqui believed that there could be no socialist transformation of society without a temporary dictatorship that would eradicate the old order. His activities, incl. the formation of various secret societies, caused him to be imprisoned various times for a total of over 33 years. His disciples, the Blanquists, played an important role in the history of the workers' movement even after his death.