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1st Edition

The Paris Commune 1871

ISBN 9780582309036
Published June 23, 1999 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

The Paris Commune was the biggest and last popular revolution in western Europe - ending the cycle of revolutions that started in 1789. The Parisians, reeling from defeat in the Franco-Prussian War set up their own revolutionary administration. Government troops eventually retook the city and took a terrible revenge: thousands died in the bloodbath that followed. The short-lived Commune and its repression cast a long shadow. It exposed deep divisions in French society and became a potent inspiration for the radical left. This stirring new study written with great zest, and a vivid sense of time and place lets the reader experience these tumultuous events at first hand and provides a comprehensive synthesis of recent research in both French and English.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Communes - A Narrative Introduction.  1. Paris bivouac of the revolution.  2. From people's war to people's revolution June 1870-March 1871.  3. `The political form at last discovered'? The Commune as government
4. A new revolutionary people?  5. The Last Struggle.  6. Consequences, Representations and Meanings.  7. Conclusion.  Guide to Further Reading.  Chronology.

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