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The Siege of Paris 1870-71

The Siege of Paris 1870-71

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war and the social unrest that followed, as the French capital was cut off from the rest of the country and food was scarce. When the French government surrendered Paris to the Prussians, power gravitated to the National Guard in the city and to radical socialists, and a Commune established in March 1871 with the red flag replacing the trilcoleur. The French government sent in the army and, after bloody fighting, the Communards were defeated by the end of May 1871.

The image above is from an engraving of the fire in the Tuileries Palace, May 23, 1871

With

Karine Varley
Lecturer in French and European History at the University of Strathclyde

Robert Gildea
Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford

And

Julia Nicholls
Lecturer in French and European Studies at King’s College London

Producer: Simon Tillotson
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Marc Naura

Wow, I nearly didn't recognise the commune here. 72 days and so much achieved or at least started: free equal education, pensions to orphans and widows, democracy, separation of state and church, cooperative organisation in businesses, gendre equality for wages etc! I am surprised by how little this was mentioned considering how much of an impact this had. And Paris was not first in doing communes: Lyon and Paris were first!

Feb 7th
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The Siege of Paris 1870-71

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