Why the Paris Commune still continues to spark debate, 150 years after the uprising


The Paris Commune, an uprising in which ordinary citizens seized control of the French capital, began on March 18th 1871 and lasted for two months before coming to a bloody end. Now, 150 years after those dramatic events, an exhaustive book on the Commune has been been published. As Joseph Confavreux reports the book, edited by historian Michel Cordillot, retraces the uprising in minute detail and explains why this traumatic event still provokes debate in France to this day.

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It it 1,442 pages long, has 35 contributors, contains 500 biographical notes, and features hundreds of iconographic documents and articles about all the political and historical issues raised by the great Paris uprising that began nearly 150 years ago, on March 18th 1871.