THE COMMUNE: Paris, 1871 ed.Andrew Zonneveld
On 18 March 1871, the Parisian working class began a rebellion that shook the foundations of European society. Laborers seized direct control over their city, expelling their government and capitalist rulers. These revolutionary men and women declared Paris an independent municipality and commune where they would collectively manage their society through new institutions of their own creation, providing for their own welfare and defense.
The Commune was annihilated seventy-one days later in one of the deadliest campaigns in French military history, La Semaine Sanglante, “The Bloody Week,” during which over 30,000 men, women, and children were murdered for their revolutionary aspirations.
Despite the brutality of its destruction, the Paris Commune uprising inspired revolutionaries the world over. In the near century-and-a-half that has passed since the Commune’s destruction, anarchists and libertarian-socialists across the generations have looked to the 1871 Paris Commune, seeking to learn from its example—both its strengths and its limitations.
The Commune: Paris, 1871 is a new collection of writings and critical reflections on the Paris Commune by classic anarchist and libertarian-socialist authors like Louise Michel, William Morris, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin, Voltairine de Cleyre, Alexander Berkman, and Maurice Brinton.