72 Days

The Paris Commune of 1871 – the first "dictatorship of the proletariat"

Original Title: 72 Tage

Hardcover with jacket, 528 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04440-2
€ 24.99 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 34.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: October 12, 2015
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Thankmar Freiherr von Münchhausen - 72 Days


A revolutionary experiment of world-historical significance

The armed uprising that eventually came to a bloody end and found its place in history as the "Paris Commune" lasted from March 18 until May 28, 1871. It was the attempt of a revolutionary council to take over the administration of the French capital and run it against the will of the conservative central government according to socialist ideas. The Communards had made it their task to create social conditions fit for human beings.

Using myriad documents and trial reports, letters and diaries, the minutes of meetings and newspaper articles, Thankmar von Münchhausen tells the background to these events and what happened during the 72 days – a period seen as the first dictatorship of the proletariat. In doing so, he has brought to life the Paris of this period on the threshold to modern times.

"One would like to have read more from him … concerning the culture of commemoration of the Paris Commune."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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