Paris Commune

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    Noticed that for this course, you do not mention the Paris Commune(unless you mention it in one of the presentations and I missed it).

    Is this because you think the impact of the Paris Commune has been overstated or simply that other topics deserved to be covered?

    What is is your analysis of the Paris Commune, including both the causes and long term impact?

    Jason Jewell

    The answer to your question is both/and: I was pressed for space in putting the lectures together, and I do think the importance of the Paris Commune has been overstated. Its primary significance has been as a rallying cry for Marxists, but in terms of its long-term impact I don’t think it’s much more important than the June Days of 1848. It highlights the growing cultural divide in France, which I discuss to some extent when I talk about the Dreyfus Affair.

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