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History of the Paris Commune of 1871 /
Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray ; translated from the French by Eleanor Marx ; with a new foreword by Eric Hazan.
imprint
London ; New York : Verso, 2012.
description
xxvi, 438 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1844677761 (pbk.), 9781844677764 (pbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : Verso, 2012.
isbn
1844677761 (pbk.)
9781844677764 (pbk.)
contents note
The Prussians enter Paris -- The Coalition opens fire on Paris -- 18th March -- The Central Committee calls for elections -- Reorganization of the public services -- The mayors and the Assembly combine against Paris -- The Central Committee forces the mayors to capitulate -- Proclamation of the Commune -- The Commune at Lyons, St. Etienne and Creuzot -- The Commune at Marseilles, Toulouse and Narbonne -- The Council of the Commune wavers -- The Versaillese beat back the Commune patrols and massacre prisoners -- The Commune is defeated at Marseilles and Narbonne -- The weaknesses of the Council -- The Commune's first combats -- The Manifesto and the germs of defeat -- Women of the Commune and the opposing armies -- The work of the Commune -- Formation of the Committee of Public Safety -- Rossel replaces Cluseret -- Paris bombarded : Rossel flees -- Conspiracies against the Commune -- The "Lefts" betray Paris -- The new Committee at work -- Paris on the eve of death -- The enemy enters Paris -- The invasion continues -- The street battles continue -- On the barricades -- The Left Bank falls -- The Commune's last stand -- The Versaillese fury -- The fate of the prisoners -- The trials of the Communards -- The executions -- The balance-sheet of bourgeois vengeance.
general note
"First published as L'histoire de al commune de 1871 by Kistemaeckers, Brussels 1876. First published in English by Reeves and Turner, London 1886"--T.p. verso.
abstract
In 1871, the working class of Paris, incensed by their lack of political power and tired of being exploited, seized control of the capital. This book is the outstanding history of the Commune, the heroic battles fought in its defence, and the bloody massacre that ended the uprising. Its author, Lissagaray, was a young journalist who not only saw the events recounted here first-hand, but fought for the Commune on the barricades. He spent the next twenty-five years researching and writing this history, which refutes the slanders levelled at the Communards by the ruling classes and is a vivid and valuable study in urban political revolution, one that retains its power to inspire to this day. -- Back cover.
language note
Translation of L'Histoire de la Commune de 1871.
catalogue key
8828755
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray (1838-1501) was a socialist, duelist, republican journalist and sometime lover of Eleanor Marx. Eric Hazan is the founder of the publishing house La Fabrique and the author of several books, including Notes on the Occupation and the highly acclaimed The Invention of Paris.
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Lissagaray relives the Commune with all the bitterness of a man who could see thetragedy unfold, even as he played his part, dutifully, to the end.
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Summaries
Main Description
In 1871, the working class of Paris, incensed by their lack of political power and tired of beingexploited, seized control of the capital. This book is the outstanding history of the Commune, theheroic battles fought in its defence, and the bloody massacre that ended the uprising. Its author,Lissagaray, was a young journalist who not only saw the events recounted here first-hand, butfought for the Commune on the barricades. He spent the next twenty-five years researching andwriting this history, which refutes the slanders levelled at the Communards by the ruling classesand is a vivid and valuable study in urban political revolution, one that retains its power to inspireto this day. This revised edition includes a foreword by the writer and publisher Eric Hazan.
Main Description
This is the classic history of the Paris Commune, now republished on the occasion of the 140th anniversary with a new preface by the writer and publisher Eric Hazan. The author, Lissagaray, had been a participant in the Commune and, after its suppression, worked for twenty-five years interviewing the survivors in exile and consulting the available documents.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the 2012 Editionp. ix
Forewordp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Prefacep. 5
Prologuep. 6
The Prussians Enter Parisp. 49
The Coalition Opens Fire on Parisp. 57
18th Marchp. 64
The Central Committee Calls for Electionsp. 72
Reorganization of the Public Servicesp. 82
The Mayors and the Assembly Combine against Parisp. 88
The Central Committee Forces the Mayors to Capitulatep. 95
Proclamation of the Communep. 103
The Commune at Lyons, St Etienne and Creuzotp. 108
The Commune at Marseilles, Toulouse and Narbonnep. 117
The Council of the Commune Waversp. 126
The Versaillese Beat Back the Commune Patrols and Massacre Prisonersp. 133
The Commune Is Defeated at Marseilles and Narbonnep. 140
The "Weaknesses of the Councilp. 149
The Commune's First Combatsp. 155
The Manifesto and the Germs of Defeatp. 162
Women of the Commune and the Opposing Armiesp. 168
The Work of the Communep. 175
Formation of the Committee of Public Safetyp. 189
Rossel Replaces Cluseretp. 197
Paris Bombarded: Rossel Fleesp. 203
Conspiracies against the Communep. 211
The 'Lefts' Betray Parisp. 216
The New Committee at Workp. 225
Paris on the Eve of Deathp. 233
The Enemy Enters Parisp. 242
The Invasion Continuesp. 249
The Street Battles Continuep. 259
On the Barricadesp. 270
The Left Bank Fallsp. 281
The Commune's Last Standp. 291
The Versaillese Furyp. 305
The Fate of the Prisonersp. 314
The Trials of the Communardsp. 323
The Executionsp. 335
The Balance-Sheet of Bourgeois Vengeancep. 352
Appendicesp. 359
Author's Notesp. 401
Glossary of French Termsp. 425
General Indexp. 427
Names Indexp. 431
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