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Lecture 2 - The Paris Commune and Its Legacy

Lecture 2 - The Paris Commune and Its Legacy

This video was recorded at HIST 276 - France Since 1871. The Paris Commune of 1871 remained a potent force in Europe for several generations afterwards. The reprisals following the fall of the Commune anticipated the great massacres of the twentieth century. While the brief reign of the communards witnessed serious adversity in the form of food shortages and disease, it also presided over many progressive social measures, such as the relative emancipation of women. The brutality of the army's actions against the communards would cast a pallor over leftist politics in Europe for decades to come. Reading assignment: Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 1-26.

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