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The Terrible Year : The Paris Commune 1871 - Alistair Horne

The Terrible Year

The Paris Commune 1871

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Beneath the glittering facade of Louis-Napoleon's Second Empire there were forces of seething social and political unrest. When France succumbed to the Prussian invaders these forces came to the surface and the Commune took over.
It ruled for only a brief seventy days before it died in a holocaust of fire and bloodshed that was far worse than anything perpetrated during France's Great Revolution of 1789, but it left behind an indelible mark which spread far beyond the boundaries of France. The lessons of the Left-wing revolution were even to serve Lenin well in 1917.

Victor Hugo called it l'Annee Terrible. 1871 was the year that saw France comprehensively defeated by the Prussians. It was also the year in which the Paris Commune ruled for seventy days - a rule that ended in the slaughter of twenty thousand Frenchmen by their fellow countrymen. It is an indelible blot in the history of France, worse even than the atrocities of the Revolution nearly a century earlier. The Commune and its Communards have become watchwords for Left-wing revolutionaries the world over and its theories influenced no-lesser figures than Marx, Lenin, and Chairman Mao. What the Commune achieved was a Republic strengthened against the restoration of monarchy, but from it grew the roots of the 1930s Front Populaire which divided France leaving it easy prey to a renewed German menace. Horne's style is incisive, his theories persuasive and his writing perceptive. This is history for grown ups. (Kirkus UK)

Sedan, 1870p. 1
Paris revoltsp. 9
The first siege beginsp. 15
'Red' murmuringsp. 20
The Hotel de Ville invadedp. 26
By balloon from Parisp. 33
The great sortiep. 39
Hungerp. 46
Bombard Paris!p. 50
Paris breaksp. 56
Neither war nor peacep. 64
'Red' coup at Montmartrep. 70
The commune takes overp. 77
A flag in the windp. 84
Civil Warp. 92
The second siegep. 98
By order of the commune ...p. 105
Floreal 79p. 112
Bloody weekp. 119
Paris burnsp. 128
That little flamep. 138
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ISBN: 9781842127599
ISBN-10: 1842127594
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd December 2004
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1