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Franco-Prussian War and the Commune (slides)

Republicanism and the Third Republic (slides)

Background Reading:
Popkin, Modern France, 125-150.

No Discussion this week (Autumn Break)


Further Reading:
S. Hollis Clayson, Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life under Siege (2002).

Alice Conklin, A Mission to Civilize: the Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 (1997).

Alain Corbin,Village of Cannibals: Rage and Murder in France, 1870 (1992 translation).

Caroline Ford, Creating the Nation in Provincial France (1993).

Stéphane Gerson, The Pride of Place: Local Memories and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century France (2003).

Gay Gullickson, Unruly Women of Paris: Images of the Commune (1996).

James Lehning, Peasant and French: Cultural Contact in Rural France during the Nineteenth Century (1995).

Alisa Luxenberg, "Creating Désastres; Andrieu's Photographs of Urban Ruins in the Paris of 1871," Art Bulletin 80 (1998), 113-137.[JSTOR]

Jo Burr Margadant, Madame le Professeur: Women Educators in the Third Republic (1990).

Jeannene Przyblyski, "Revolution at a Standstill: Photography and the Paris Commune of 1871," Yale French Studies 101 (2001).[JSTOR]

Graham Robb, The Discovery of France (2007).

Bertrand Taithe, Citizenship and Wars : France in Turmoil 1870-1871 (2001).

Robert Tombs, The Paris Commune, 1871 (1999).


Eugen Weber, Peasants into Frenchmen (1980).



Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo, "The Siege of Paris" (from his manuscript diaries)

Min des Finances, 1871
Timeline of War and the Commune (marxists.org)

Louise Michel
Caricatures and photographs from the Paris Siege and Commune (Northwestern University)