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The Paris Commune: An Ode to Emancipation

The Paris Commune: An Ode to Emancipation

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By Daniel Bensaïd, Olivier Besancenot, Sandra Bloodworth, Judy Cox, Penelope Duggan, Mathilde Larrère, Michael Löwy, Kay Mann, Eric Toussaint.

The Paris Commune of 1871 was one of the first working class attempts at the social emancipation of the oppressed and exploited. Between 18 March and 29 May 1871, the popular classes succeeded for a while in breaking their chains. It was a short period when people could take control of their lives. The Paris Commune is an inspiration today. The memory of the past and its struggles strengthens the fight for the utopia of the future.

The Paris Commune of 1871, Michael Lowy
Remembering the Paris Commune, Kay Mann
In memory of the Commune, V. I. Lenin
Do you know Lefrançais?, Daniel Bensaid
All the more monstrous because they were women, Mathilde Larrère
Genderquake: Socialist women and the Commune, Judy Cox
Glorious harbinger of a new society, Sandra Bloodworth
An ode to emancipation, Olivier Besancenot
The Paris Commune, banks and debt, Eric Toussaint
Events, People and Bibliography