From Appomattox to Montmartre: Americans and the Paris Commune / Edition 206

From Appomattox to Montmartre: Americans and the Paris Commune / Edition 206

by Philip M. Katz, Philip M. Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674323483

ISBN-13: 9780674323483

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard

The American Civil War and the Paris Commune of 1871, Philip Katz argues, were part of the broader sweep of transatlantic development in the mid-nineteenth century--an age of democratic civil wars. Katz shows how American political culture in the period that followed the Paris Commune was shaped by that event.

The telegraph, the new Atlantic cable, and the

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The American Civil War and the Paris Commune of 1871, Philip Katz argues, were part of the broader sweep of transatlantic development in the mid-nineteenth century--an age of democratic civil wars. Katz shows how American political culture in the period that followed the Paris Commune was shaped by that event.

The telegraph, the new Atlantic cable, and the news-gathering experience gained in the Civil War transformed the Paris Commune into an American national event. News from Europe arrived in fragments, however, and was rarely cohesive and often contradictory. Americans were forced to assimilate the foreign events into familiar domestic patterns, most notably the Civil War. Two ways of Americanizing the Commune emerged: descriptive (recasting events in American terms in order to better understand them) and predictive (preoccupation with whether Parisian unrest might reproduce itself in the United States).

By 1877, the Commune became a symbol for the domestic labor unrest that culminated in the Great Railroad Strike of that year. As more powerful local models of social unrest emerged, however, the Commune slowly disappeared as an active force in American culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674323483
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies Series, #131
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Epoch of Stirring Events1
1The Two Civil Wars of General Cluseret4
2La Colonie Americaine26
3First Impressions44
4Ripples across the Atlantic61
5Civil Wars by Analogy: Party, Section, and the Paris Commune85
6The View from the 1870s118
7Apocalypse Where? Apocalypse When?142
81877: The Rise of the American Commune?161
Conclusion: That Once Dreaded Institution184
App. AChronology of the Paris Commune195
App. BTwo American Poems about the Paris Commune197
App. CNovels and Plays about the Paris Commune201
Notes207
Index269

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