A Souvenir of the Paris Commune (March 28 to May 28, 1871) in Historical Pictures: Ruthenberg, C. E...

A Souvenir of the Paris Commune (March 28 to May 28, 1871) in Historical Pictures

Ruthenberg, C. E. (Introduction by)

Published by Workers (Communist) Party of America, Chicago, 1926
Condition: g to g+ Soft cover

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Oblong quarto. Unpaginated. [28]pp. Original illustrated wrappers. Published by the Workers (Communist) Party of America, this booklet is an illustrated tribute to the leaders, soldiers and the working class of Paris who were members and supporters of the short-lived 1871 Paris Commune formed in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and France's defeat. The working class of Paris were feeling ostracized after the decadence of the Second Empire and the Franco-Prussian War. The Prussians besieged Paris in September 1870, causing suffering among Parisians. The poor ate cat or rat meat or went hungry. Out of resentment from this situation grew radical and socialist political clubs and newspapers. While Paris was occupied, socialist groups tried twice to overthrow the provisional government. In January 1871, Otto von Bismarck and the French minister of foreign affairs, Jules Favre, decided that France would hold national elections. Adolphe Thiers, who had been loyal to the Second Empire, was elected head of the newly monarchist republic. During the war, the capital had moved from Paris to Bordeaux. When the war ended, the government declined to move back to Paris and instead moved to Versailles. In the early morning of March 18, the government stationed in Versailles sent military forces into Paris to collect a reserve of cannons and machine guns. The detachment was still gathering the munitions when the Parisians awoke, and soon the soldiers were surrounded. In the chaos that followed, the soldiers killed two of their own, and by the end of the day, they were mainly sided with the Parisians. Insurgents now controlled the city, and they declared a new government called the Paris Commune, which lasted from March 18 to May 28, 1871. This booklet contains over 30 b/w photographic reproductions and illustrations. Wrappers age-toned. Upper corner of front cover chipped. Moderate creasing along fore-edge. Wrappers in overall good-, interior in good+ condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37076

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Title: A Souvenir of the Paris Commune (March 28 to...

Publisher: Workers (Communist) Party of America, Chicago

Publication Date: 1926

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:g to g+

Edition: First edition.

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