The Paris Commune

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At the end of the "Bloody Week" in May 1871, which saw the defeat of the Paris Commune, more people were killed at Paris than were executed throughout France during the French Revolution's ten-month Reign of Terror. Situating the Commune within the political culture and traditions bequeathed to the nineteenth century by the French Revolution, this survey of the Commune is designed to familiarize students with its historical antecedents, its narrative history, and those topics which have rendered the Commune so ...

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Overview

At the end of the "Bloody Week" in May 1871, which saw the defeat of the Paris Commune, more people were killed at Paris than were executed throughout France during the French Revolution's ten-month Reign of Terror. Situating the Commune within the political culture and traditions bequeathed to the nineteenth century by the French Revolution, this survey of the Commune is designed to familiarize students with its historical antecedents, its narrative history, and those topics which have rendered the Commune so critical to an understanding of revolutions.

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David A. Shafer is Assistant Professor of Modern European History and Director of the Interdisciplinary French Studies Major at California State University, Long Beach.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : revolutionary antecedents 1
Ch. 1 The second empire 7
Ch. 2 Prelude to the commune 29
Ch. 3 The commune 63
Ch. 4 A socialist revolution? 110
Ch. 5 Women and the commune 143
Ch. 6 Revolution, culture, and the commune 162
Postscript : neglect and resonance 183
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