The Terrible Year : The Paris Commune, 1871 Paperback
A bestselling historian on a crucial episode in French history. Beneath the glittering facade of Louis-Napoleon's Second Empire there were forces of seething social and political unrest.
When France succumbed to the Prussian invaders these forces came to the surface and the Commune took over.
It ruled for only a brief seventy days before it died in a holocaust of fire and bloodshed that was far worse than anything perpetrated during France's Great Revolution of 1789, but it left behind an indelible mark which spread far beyond the boundaries of France. 'A brilliant writer' New York Times Book Review
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, 8, 2 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 02/12/2004
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781842127599
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Review by bhowell
This is a thrilling little history book about the short lived Paris Commune revolution of 1871. It is a dark and bloody chapter in French history and the bloodshed on both sides far exceeded the French revolution in 1789. In his new foreword to this edition, the author comments that, in common with the Russian revolution, there was significant social and political discontent and a sudden imbalance brought about by military defeat. In this case the uprising followed the French defeat by the Prussians and indeed the Prussians had to wait at Versailles until France had a government so that they could negotiate reparations.Highly recommended.