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In memory of the Municipality

This essay by Vladimir Lenin was published in April 1911, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Commune, in the Russian-language newspaper Rabochaya Gazeta. * * * Forty years have passed since the proclamation of the Paris Commune. In accordance with tradition, French workers paid tribute to the memory of the men […]

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Cissie Gool House, a modern town: New Frame

Living in England in the mid-1980s and mentioning the Communards in some contexts often met with enthusiastic approval from British pop duo Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles, whose Do not leave me like this was the best-selling single of 1986. Since the original Communards were intended, it was all about biting your tongue, mentally singing […]

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France is fighting over the future of its past – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Paul Taylor, Contributing Editor of POLITICS, writes the column Europe At Large. PARIS – France is suffering from an acute dose of commemoration. The French spend an enormous amount of time and public money commemorating their history, building museums and, of course, arguing. Presidents love to speak at […]

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Courageous women of the Paris Commune – Workers World

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Paris Commune. The Commune was created during a bloody inter-capitalist conflict called the Franco-Prussian War. In 1871, the Parisian workers revolt against the French government of National Defense, sitting in Versailles, which plans to return part of France and pay a fine to the […]

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Popular power or Parisian bloodbath? 1871 The Paris Commune continues to divide 150 years later

A radicalized popular power experiment amid the Prussian occupation of the French capital of Paris 150 years ago continues to divide the country’s fractured political scene and serve as a source of inspiration amid xenophobic and extreme tendencies. increasing right. The city of Paris launched two months of events commemorating the Paris Commune of 1871, […]

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The Paris Commune, 150 years later – from the siege of the capital to “Bloody Week”

The Paris Commune sparked an insurrection on March 18, 1871, when the largely left-wing radical National Guard refused to accept the authority of the French government, killed two generals, and took control of Paris – initiating reign feverish of the two months of the Communards in the City of Light. FRANCE 24 looks back on […]

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The Paris Commune, a workers’ democracy

National Guard defending the streets of Paris (Pic: Wikicommons) The Paris Commune, where workers briefly seized power and created the first workers’ government, came into being 150 years ago this month. A labor movement ruled the city for 72 days between March and May 1871, with freedom and democracy at its heart. Revolutionary Karl Marx […]

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What can we learn from the commune of Paris – on the occasion of its 150th anniversary?

The workers of Paris in 1871 had already suffered a life of misery at the hands of their ruling class. The workers worked in dangerous conditions, doing unskilled jobs with brutally long hours. Hunger, malnutrition, homelessness and lack of education were only part of the price paid by the working class for industrialization and capitalism. […]