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THE HISTORY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871

NEW TITLE:

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THE HISTORY OF THE PARIS COMMUNE OF 1871

by Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray

Preface by Eric Hazan

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The classic history of the Paris Commune, part of Verso’s highly praised and affordable World History Series.

In 1871, the working class of Paris, incensed by their lack of political power and tired of being exploited, seized control of the capital. This book is the outstanding history of the Commune, the heroic battles fought in its defence, and the bloody massacre that ended the uprising. Its author,LISSAGARAY, was a young journalist who not only saw the events recounted here first-hand, but fought for the Commune on the barricades. He spent the next twenty-five years researching and writing this history, which refutes the slanders levelled at the Communards by the ruling classes and is a vivid and valuable study in urban political revolution, one that retains its power to inspire to this day.

This revised edition includes a foreword by the writer and publisher ERIC HAZAN.

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PROSPER-OLIVIER LISSAGARAY (1838–1901) was a socialist, duelist, republican journalist and sometime lover of Eleanor Marx.

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“Lissagaray relives the Commune with all the bitterness of a man who could see the tragedy unfold, even as he played his part, dutifully, to the end.”

– PAUL MASON, economics editor of the BBC’s Newsnight and author of WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE

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464 pages       /         $26.95 / £14.99 / $28.50CAN      /      ISBN: 9781844677764

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Paris Commune

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Karl Marx

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE PARIS COMMUNE 1871

International Conference. Views on the Commune of 1871 in France. New approaches and prospects.

Narbonne (Aude, France), City Hall – former Archbishop’s Palace
March 24-26, 2011

International Conference co-organised by the Centre de Recherche Espaces, Sociétés, Culture (CRESC, EA 2356, Université Paris 13 / PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité), the Commission Archéologique et Littéraire de Narbonne (CALN) and the Institut d’Histoire Sociale (IHS) – CGT of Aude

For the 140th anniversary of the Commune of 1871, an important conference will be held from 24 to 26 March 2011. Entitled “Views on the Commune of 1871 in France –. New approaches and prospects”, it means to bring forward the new works and original paths of research relating to The Commune of Paris, the Communes of the Province and the movements around The Commune which developed in France in 1871. This international symposium is the result of a unique collaboration between Paris 13-  PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, a university of Ile-de-France (Paris area) and the research laboratory CRESC, the CALN, a learned institute created in 1833 and ISH-CGT, a militant institute of social history. It will be held in the town of Narbonne, which, in March 1871, witnessed the proclamation of a Commune.

This international symposium intends to focus on new approaches to the event and to open new prospects. Beyond questioning the contribution of modern research on the Communes of the province, it’s aim is to work at the margins of the global event so as to open new paths of research and to renew the national interpretation of the communalist movement inside an expanded geographical and temporal framework.

The choice of Narbonne meets the required objective: 40 years after the international Symposium organized in 1971 for the centenary of The Commune, researchers’ views on the Commune have changed. Holding this conference in Narbonne instead of Paris is also a symbolic way to insist on those changes: a greater attention will be given to provincial France, to the legacy left between 1848 and 1871, to the national dimension of the different “Communes”. This symposium will be an opportunity to highlight new research carried out on the anonymous actors of the Commune, the life in the different town districts, law and order, violence and the army, the cultural representations, the links between individual stories and collective history and eventually, the tensions between history and memory.

The members of the Scientific Committee of the conference and the speakers’ national as well as international fame turns this event into a powerful moment in this 140th anniversary; not only will speeches be delivered by renowned historians, but also by outstanding young researchers.

Lectures will be held in the two magnificent Synods’ Room and Consuls’ Rooms in the Archbishop’s Palace, now the City Hall, where the “Commune of Narbonne” was proclaimed on 24 March 1871.

Program and practical information are available on http://www.colloque-commune1871.fr/en/  or on the CRESC website: http://www.univ-paris13.fr/cresc/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=28     

Free entrance, but registration required at inscription@colloque-commune1871.fr

Steering Committee :
·         Marc César (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Laure Godineau (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Jacques Michaud (President of the Archaeological and Literary Commission of Narbonne)
·         Xavier Verdejo (Institute for Social History of the Aude)

Scientific Committee
·         Sylvie Aprile (Université de Lille 3)
·         Sylvie Caucanas (Departemental archives of the Aude)
·         Quentin Deluermoz (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Laura Frader (Northeastern University – Boston, associate at the CES, Harvard University)
·         Jacques Girault (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Christopher Guthrie (Tarleton State University)
·         Raymond Huard (Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3)
·         Laurent Mc Falls (Université de Montréal)
·         Rémy Pech (Université de Toulouse 2 – Le Mirail)
·         Alceo Riosa (Université de Milan)
·         Jean-Louis Robert (Université Paris 1)
·         Jacques Rougerie (Université Paris 1)
·         Jean Sagnes (Université de Perpignan)
·         Benjamin Stora (CRESC, Université Paris 13)
·         Robert Tombs (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
·         Paul-Henri Viala (Archives of Narbonne)

Partnerships
·         City of Narbonne
·         Languedoc-Roussillon Region
·         General Council of the Aude
·         Agglomeration community of Grand Narbonne
·         Local and regional organizations of the CGT (represented by Mr. Patric Grèze)

Scientific partnerships
·         Archives of Narbonne
·         Departmental archives of the Aude
·         Université de Perpignan- Via Domitia
·         Université Montpellier 1
·         UMR FRAMESPA (Université de Toulouse 2 – Le Mirail / CNRS)
·         Research centre on intercultural relations in English and French speaking areas (CRIDAF), Université Paris 13 – PRES (Research and Upper Education Pole) Sorbonne Paris Cité
·         Association Maitron Languedoc-Roussillon (represented by Mr. Raymond Huard)

Contact:
Marc César marc.cesar@univ-paris13.fr or Laure Godineau laure.godineau@univ-paris13.fr

Postal adress : CRESC / UFR LSHS / 99 av. J-B. Clément 93380 Villetaneuse / FRANCE
        
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 HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Princeton University
Department of French and Italian
“Haiti:  Containing Democracy in the 21st Century”
A Round Table Discussion

Peter Hallward, Kingston University (London)

Kim Ives, Haiti Liberte

Ray LaForest, Haitian Activist

Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University

Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall

Kathleen B. Allen
Graduate Administrator
Department of French and Italian
Princeton University
304 East Pyne
Princeton, NJ  08544
kballen@princeton.edu
609-258-4670

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Haiti

HAITI: CONTAINING DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY

Karl Marx

BOOKS FROM THE MARXIST INTERNET ARCHIVE

Erythros Press and Media, who distribute books on behalf of MIA publishing, now has two new titles in stock. The first, */Communards/*, is something every one of you will want to read, whatever current of communism you support. The other – */The Communist Manifesto & its Genesis/* – will not be new to you, but you should buy it as an act of solidarity. *Please promote these books with all your friends and comrades*.

All proceeds go to paying the expenses of running the MIA.

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Communards: The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871, As Told by those Who Fought for It. Texts selected, edited, and
translated by Mitchell Abidor 302 pp: http://www.marxists.org/admin/books/communards/index.h tm

In this unique collection of texts translated into English for the first time, we hear the genuine voices of the Paris Commune of 1871. Every Communard drew something different from the experience of the Commune, and *Communards* allows all of them to have their say.

”If socialism wasn’t born of the Commune, it is from the Commune that dates that portion of international revolution that no longer wants to give battle in a city in order to be surrounded and crushed, but which instead wants, at the head of the proletarians of each and every country, to attack national and international reaction and put an end to the capitalist regime” – Edouard Vaillant, a member of the Paris Commune.

Documents include the records of stormy meetings of the Commune deciding on the execution of hostages, minutes of meetings of the First International throughout the siege as well as reminiscences of participants written down 25 years after the event.

Much of this would be new to French-speakers; it is all new for those who do not normally read in the French language. No history of the Commune may be written in the future without reference to *Communards*.

Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn. He is also the author of The Great Anger: Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang.

ISBN 978-0-9805428-9-9
Price US$25+postage.
Proceeds to Marxists Internet Archive

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