Paris and the Commune 1871-78

The politics of forgetting

By Colette Wilson

Paris and the Commune 1871-78

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0658-2
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: October 2016
  • BIC Category: History, Social & cultural history, Modern History, European history, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, HISTORY / Europe / France, Humanities / Social & cultural history, General & world history, France
  • Series: Cultural History of Modern War


Despite the scholarship and political activism devoted to keeping the memory of the Paris Commune alive, there still remains much ignorance both in France and elsewhere, about the traumatic civil war of 1871; some 20,000 to 35,000 people were killed on the streets of Paris in just the final week of the conflict.

Colette Wilson identifies a critical blind-spot in French studies and employs new critical approaches to neglected texts, marginalised aspects of the illustrated press, early photography and a selection of novels by Emile Zola. This book will be of interest to students and academics studying France in the nineteenth century from a number of different perspectives war and revolution studies, cultural studies, history and cultural memory, literature, art history, photography, the illustrated press, city studies and human geography. The book will appeal equally to all lovers of Paris who wish to know and understand more about the city's turbulent past.


'Colette Wilson's tightly focused Paris and the Commune, 1871-78 is an excellent contribution to the scholarship on the Commune and its memory.'
Casey Harison, University of Southern Indiana, H-France Review Vol. 19 (February 2019), No. 22


1. Le Monde illustré: images between the lines
2. Du Camp's Paris: between history, memory and reportage
3. Zola's 'Art of Memory'
4. Paris and the commune in the photographic imagination
Appendix: Chronology of key events 1871-80


Colette E. Wilson is an Independent Researcher

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