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Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune, 1871–1885


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  • Date Published: August 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108713344

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  • This first comprehensive account of French revolutionary thought in the years between the crushing of France's last nineteenth-century revolution and the re-emergence of socialism as a meaningful electoral force offers new interpretations of the French revolutionary tradition. Drawing together material from Europe, North America, and the South Pacific, Julia Nicholls pieces together the nature and content of French revolutionary thought in this often overlooked era. She shows that this was an important and creative period, in which activists drew upon fresh ideas they encountered in exile across the world to rebuild a revolutionary movement that was both united and politically viable in the changed circumstances of France's new Third Republic. The relative success of these efforts, moreover, has significant implications for the ways in which we understand the founding years of the Third Republic, the nature of the modern revolutionary tradition, and the origins of European Marxism.

    • Transcends national and imperial boundaries to offer a global and transnational history of nineteenth-century ideas
    • Moves away from the study of only 'canonical' thinkers by drawing on a wide range of previously unstudied sources including newspapers, police reports, plays and pamphlets
    • Features new interpretations of key historical and political ideologies such as Marxism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Revolutionary Thought after the Paris Commune is an excellent contribution to the scholarship on revolutionary ideas and our understanding of 1871 … the book is well written, based upon a command of primary and secondary sources, and fairly balances both the successes and failures of the post-1871 revolutionary movement.' Casey Harison, European History Quarterly

    'This is an important contribution to intellectual and modern French history collections.' G. P. Cox, Choice

    'bold and ambitious … the book opens up a whole series of topics and invites us to look at them with a fresh eye.' Jonathan Beecher, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108713344
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Paris Commune and Accounting for Failure:
    1. The commune as Quotidian event
    2. The commune as violent trauma
    Part II. Revolution and the Republic:
    3. The French revolutionary tradition
    4. Rehabilitating revolution
    Part III. Marx, Marxism, and International Socialism:
    5. Texts in translation
    6. The origins of Marxism in modern France
    Part IV. Empire and Internationalism:
    7. Deportation, imperialism, and the Republican State
    8. Exile and universal solidarity

  • Author

    Julia Nicholls, King's College London
    Julia Nicholls is Lecturer in French and European Studies at King's College London. An intellectual historian of modern France, her research focuses on ideas of freedom and revolution, subjection, and social exclusion. She is particularly interested in how these ideas travelled across European borders and beyond.

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