Paris Commune

Louise Michel: rebel lives

Louise Michel was the incendiary leader of the 1871 Paris Commune, when the city's population rose up to establish a short-lived workers' government. An anarchist and an irrepressible rebel, "The Red Virgin" spent much of her life on the run, in jail, or in danger of being locked away in mental asylums. This is Michel's defiant story, with commentaries by Emma Goldman, Bertolt Brecht, Sheila Rowbotham, Howard Zinn, Victor Hugo, and Karl Marx.

History of the Paris Commune of 1871 - Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray

The Paris Commune was a pivotal event in the history of socialist thought.

The insurrectionist - Jules Vallès

Rare, out-of-print English translation of a novel about the Paris Commune (1871) and aftermath by a communard, Jules Vallès (1832-1885), more famous for his novel The Child. The French original is also attached.

The Paris Commune - Ernest Belfort Bax

Ernest Belfort Bax's account of the Paris commune of 1871.

The New Babylon 1929

Commune graffiti

The film The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon) was directed by Kozintsev and Trauberg in 1929. It is a sympathetic account of the history of the Paris Commune of 1871 and tells the story of two lovers who are separated by the fighting.

History of the bourses du travail - Fernand Pelloutier

First published in France in 1901, this seminal classic of revolutionary syndicalism, now available for the first time in English translation, is more than just a history of the Bourses du Travail: alternating with some (rather dry) accounts of the internal procedures of the Bourses, the book features fascinating glimpses of the living conditions of French sailors, fishermen and agricultural laborers, an extensive report on the ambitious program of the Bourses (libraries, “Museums of Labor”, a statistical service, adult education courses, agrarian and maritime propaganda, etc.) and proposals regarding the role of the workers organizations in the future society.

Luce, Maximilien, 1858-1941

Luce's A Street in Paris

Short biography of Neo-impressionist painter and anarchist Maximilien Luce.

A workers' cooperative during the Paris Commune - Robert Tombs

Article about a workers' co-op during the Paris commune uprising. We need to learn from the limitations of the Paris Commune as well as its achievements.

Theses on the Paris Commune - Situationist International

Parisian barricade - 1871

The Situationists reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a great revolutionary moment; "the biggest festival of the nineteenth century".

"...it is time we examine the Commune not just as an outmoded example of revolutionary primitivism, all of whose mistakes can easily be overcome, but as a positive experiment whose whole truth has yet to be rediscovered and fulfilled."

Karl Marx and the state

David Adam addresses Marx’s concept of a socialist society in relation to various concepts of the state.