Talk:Paris Commune

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Commented-out list of sources[edit]

This list is long and rambling. If a logical order can be created ("primary" vs. "secondary sources") then please re-include.

  • The verbatim record of the sessions of the Commune (Procès-verbaux de la Commune. 2 vols., Paris, 1944–1945) – long out of print, though secondhand copies are to be found.
  • The history of the Commune by Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray, a Communard journalist with socialist convictions who was present at or close to most of the events he describes. (Histoire de la Commune de 1871. Most recent edition, 3 vols in 1, Paris, Maspero, 1969), which is available in English translation online.
  • Prosper Olivier Lissagaray, "History of the Paris Commune of 1871", Red and Black Publishers, St Petersburg, Florida, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9791813-4-4.
  • Marx's own contemporary analysis, The Civil War in France, written during and immediately after the events. For Lenin's views, see V.I. Lenin on the Paris Commune (Moscow, 1970).
  • For anarchist analysis of the events, two important documents from the time are Mikhail Bakunin's The Paris Commune and the Idea of the State and Peter Kropotkin's The Commune of Paris.
  • Also online is Agor@'s book-length site about the Commune (in French).
  • A recent selection of primary accounts is Mitchell Abidor (ed.), Communards: The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871, As Told by Those Who Fought for It. Erythrós Press/Marxists Internet Archive, 2010.
  • A comprehensive collection of eye-witness accounts referenced to original sources are presented in "Paris under Siege" by Joanna Richardson [Folio Society, London, 1982]
  • A modern historian of the Commune is Jacques Rougerie, whose books Procès des Communards and Paris ville libre are unfortunately unpublished in English.
  • Two concise up-to-date histories in English, readily available, are:
    • Robert Tombs. The Paris Commune 1871 London, Longman, 1999
    • David A. Shafer. The Paris Commune London, Palgrave, 2005
  • David McCullough, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, Simon & Schuster, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4165-7176-6. The third part of the book describes the commune from the view of Americans in Paris, including the American Minister, Elihu B. Washburne.

Older works include:

  • Alistair Horne. The Fall of Paris. The Siege and the Commune 1870–71. London, Macmillan, 1965. (A much shorter but lavishly illustrated version was published in 197).
  • Frank Jellinek. The Paris Commune of 1871. London, Gollancz, 1937. Also, N.Y., Grosset & Dunlap, 1965. Written from a socialist point of view.
  • The Revolutionary Idea in France 1789–1871 by Godfrey Elton.
  • Vladimir Lenin, who deemed the Paris Commune an excellent example of the "Dictatorship of the Proletariat", also wrote about the Paris Commune in The Paris Commune (to be found in Lenin on the Paris Commune).
  • The fullest bibliography of the Commune is that of Robert le Quillec: La Commune de Paris. Bibliographie Critique 1871–1997. Paris, La Boutique de l'Histoire, 1997. 2660 books, pamphlets and other materials are listed.

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Rewrite or delete the "Academic Dispute" section[edit]

There is no dispute in the "Academic Dispute" section, since all of the academics cited advocate variations of the Marxist point of view, and are wholly favourable to the Commune and against Thiers and the French government. The section needs to be re-written to meet Wikipedia neutrality standards, or simply deleted. SiefkinDR (talk) 12:45, 26 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]