Posts Tagged ‘Communardes’
May 5, 2015 by Lydia Syson
The mythical figure of the pétroleuse, hideous or heroic depending on your point of view, has now almost been forgotten. For decades it was the most abiding image of the 1871 Paris Commune, and undoubtedly helped to hide the true history of real women’s involvement in France’s last nineteenth-century revolution. Edith Thomas broke new ground in uncovering this history with Les Petroleuses (1963), angry yet almost apologetic about the need for a corrective to misogynistic accounts of events coming from both sides of the political divide. I’ve written about the ‘women incendiaries’ for The History Girls keep reading
Category Blog | Tags: André Léo, Anna Jaclard, Citoyennes, Communardes, Elizabeth Dmitrieff, International Workingmen's Association, Liberty's Fire, Louise Michel, Marie Ferré, Montmartre, Nannie Dryhurst, Nathalie Lemel, New Caledonia, Paule Mink, Union des Femme, Vigilance Committee, Women in Paris Commune
March 2, 2015 by Lydia Syson
‘What is the Commune, that sphinx so tantalizing to the bourgeois mind?’ (Marx:The Civil War in France)
Simply put, the Paris Commune was the radical municipal government elected to run the French capital in March 1871, immediately after the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris – not to be confused with the first French Revolution in 1789, or the July Revolution of 1830, or indeed the small uprising of 1832 featured in Les Miserables, or even the 1848 revolution which brought in the short-lived Second Republic. It lasted for 72 days, and historians have been debating exactly how to define it ever since.
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