Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy (Google eBook)

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Haymarket Books, Jan 15, 2014 - History - 260 pages
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For two months in 1871, the workers of Paris took control of Europe's most celebrated capital city. When they established the world's first workers' democracy--the Paris Commune--they found no ready-made blueprints, and no precedents to study for how to run their city without princes, prison wardens, or professional politicians. All they had was the boundless revolutionary enthusiasm of Paris's socialists, communists, anarchists, and radical Jacobins, all of whom threw their energies into creating a new society.

As the city's bakers, industrial workers, and other "ruffians" built new institutions of collective political power to overturn social and economic inequality, their former rulers sought to thwart their efforts by any means necessary--ultimately deciding to drown the Communards in blood.

By paying particular attention to the historic problems of the Commune, critical debates over its implications, and the glimpse of a better world the Commune provided, Gluckstein reveals its enduring lessons and inspiration for today's struggles.

Donny Gluckstein is author of "The Nazis, Capitalism and the Working Class" and "The Tragedy of Bukharin." He is a lecturer in history in Edinburgh and is a member of the Socialist Workers Party.

  

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User Review  - Pradeep - Goodreads

A small peephole in past through which the working class can visualize and build the world of tomorrow. Also - a painful read. Even though i knew that, in the end, the revolutionary men, women and ... Read full review

Review: The Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy

User Review  - Adam Azzalino - Goodreads

1871, Paris was a true free city. Most of my politics are steeped in the model of the Paris commune. Book gives a good overview of events but I wish it was more a narrative and less of a highlight. I ... Read full review

Contents

The Communes Achievements
1
The Capital of the Human Race
45
War and Siege
77
Fighting the Civil War
111
Bloody Week
149
Interpretations Critics and Champions
167
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Donny Gluckstein’s previous books include The Nazis, Capitalism and the Working Class (Bookmarks, 1999) and The Tragedy of Bukharin (Pluto, 1994). Donny is a lecturer in history in Edinburgh and is a member of the Socialist Workers' Party (UK).

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