To The Barricades! The Paris Commune of 1871 with Nigel Perrin - Context Travel

To The Barricades! The Paris Commune of 1871 with Nigel Perrin


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Join a historian and published author for an introduction to the last French Revolution of the nineteenth century.

In March 1871, following a humiliating national defeat by a triumphant Prussian army, a group of disaffected Parisians rose up against their own government. Seizing the capital, they formed the Paris Commune, a revolutionary body seeking to revive the spirit of the 1789 revolution and create a new, fairer society. Citizens who had felt excluded from the grand boulevards of Baron Haussmann’s Paris began toppling statues and symbols of oppression, turned churches into welfare centers and implored the country to rally to their cause.

But in just 64 days the Paris Commune would be snuffed out by ‘Bloody Week’, an event that scars the city to this day. The slaughter of thousands of Communards by government troops also led to one of the first modern propaganda campaigns, in which ordinary Parisians were denounced as terrorists and women mythologized as demonic pétroleuses. This seminar introduces the background and development of the Paris Commune, highlighting its key locations, personalities and far-reaching effects.

Led by an expert on French revolution and resistance history, Dr Nigel Perrin, this interactive seminar will explore the causes and effects of the Paris Commune, and its influences on future revolutionary thinking. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for how this event shaped the city we see today.

Nigel has long been fascinated by the history of France during the Occupation, particularly in relation to the work of British secret services, a subject he began studying in 2003. 'Spirit of Resistance', his biography of secret agent Harry Peulevé, was published in 2008. Having completed his MA in Modern History at the University of Kent in Paris in 2015, he has now begun a doctorate on a spatial history of Paris under Occupation.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.