The Embers of a Long-Smoldering Revolution Are Stoked in France
The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune of 1871 has struck a chord, reviving calls for better political representation and highlighting economic inequalities.
By Constant Méheut
April 28, 2021
The Paris Commune was founded on March 18, 1871. A few days before the 150th anniversary, we look at how the ground was prepared for the first working-class government in history.
Source: Insurgent Communards: The Road to Revolution | Left Voice
The Paris Commune was one of the greatest episodes in the history of the French working class. Between the uprising of March 18 and the “Bloody Week” at the end of May, Paris was ruled by the democratic organs of the workers, who attempted to reorganise society on entirely new bases – without exploitation or oppression. The lessons of these events are still very relevant today.
Source: The Paris Commune (1871)
On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Paris Commune, join Wellred Books as we launch our latest title The Civil War in France by Karl Marx. This Thursday (18 March at 6pm GMT) Jules Legendre, a leading activist from Révolution – the IMT in France, will explain the revolutionary events and draw out the lessons revolutionaries must take from the first time the working class took power. Register for free here!
Source: 150th anniversary of Paris Commune: book launch and special discount for ‘The Civil War in France’