The Paris Commune of 1871
The View from the Left
Schulkind, Eugene; (Editor)Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Year Published: 1972
Pages: 308pp ISBN: 0-224-00613-4
Resource Type: Book
For the Left, the Paris Commune of 1871 stands as the first example of the exercise of political power by a working class. Socialists, Communists and Anarchists have all looked to this 72-day revolution for lessons - often conflicting - in the development of approaches to state power, democratic processes and a vanguard party in socialist revolutions. This volume gives the English reader direct access to a substantial collection of documents from the time of the Commune - most of which have remained unpublished even in France. These are writings in which some Communards themselves express the view that the Commune was an egalitarian social revolution committed to the ultimate abolition of classes.