The French government lost control of Paris for a few months to a municipal council, or “commune”, made up of extreme republicans whose banner was the Red Flag and who proclaimed the Emancipation of … Before General Cissey and the Versailles army could occupy the fort, the National Guard rushed reinforcements there and re-occupied all the positions. Clemenceau tried to negotiate a compromise between the Commune and the government, but neither side trusted him; he was considered extremely radical by the provincial deputies of rural France, but too moderate by the leaders of the Commune. At the urging of the more radical newspapers, National Guard units searched the basements of churches, looking for evidence of alleged sadism and criminal practices. MacMahon responded, "I don't know what that estimate is based upon; it seems exaggerated to me. Following the example set by Brunel, guardsmen set fire to dozens of other buildings on Rue Saint-Florentin, Rue de Rivoli, Rue de Bac, Rue de Lille, and other streets. Its editor Auguste Vacquerie was close to Victor Hugo, whose son wrote for the paper. The Paris Commune Revolt (18 March-28 May 1871) was a brief uprising by the Paris Commune against the French Republic that took two months to put down. Soon, the Council of the Commune voted, with strong opposition, for the creation of a Committee of Public Safety, modelled on the eponymous Committee that carried out the Reign of Terror (1793–94). The poor ate cat or rat meat or went hungry. On the other side, the young Anatole France described the Commune as "A committee of assassins, a band of hooligans [fripouillards], a government of crime and madness. On 15 March, just before the confrontation between the National Guard and the regular army over the cannons, 1,325 delegates of the federation of organisations created by the National Guard elected a leader, Giuseppe Garibaldi (who was in Italy and respectfully declined the title), and created a Central Committee of 38 members, which made its headquarters in a school on the Rue Basfroi, between Place de la Bastille and La Roquette. [121] However, photographs of the ruins of the Tuileries Palace, the Hotel de Ville, and other prominent government buildings that burned show that the exteriors were untouched by cannon fire, while the interiors were completely gutted by fire; and prominent Communards such as Jules Bergeret, who escaped to live in New York, proudly claimed credit for the most famous acts of arson. She was also a member of the Comité de vigilance de Montmartre, along with Louise Michel and Paule Minck, as well as of the Russian section of the First International. The policy of holding hostages for possible reprisals was denounced by some defenders of the Commune, including Victor Hugo, in a poem entitled "No Reprisals" published in Brussels on 21 April. The National Assembly in Versailles responded to the decree the next day; it passed a law allowing military tribunals to judge and punish suspects within 24 hours. As Mark Twain described it, it is true that the French Revolution turned Paris into a bloody cemetery, but only after the aristocracy had turned all of France into one. There were rumours that pétroleuses were paid 10 francs per house. Between 24 May and 6 September, the office of inspection of cemeteries reported that an additional 1,328 corpses were exhumed from temporary graves at 48 sites, including 754 corpses inside the old quarries near Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, for a total of 6,667. By three o'clock, the demonstrators had been given safe passage and left, and the brief uprising was over. [23], The national government in Bordeaux called for national elections at the end of January, held just ten days later on 8 February. Early in the morning of 18 March, two brigades of soldiers climbed the butte of Montmartre, where the largest collection of cannons, 170 in number, were located. As the Germans surrounded the city, radical groups saw that the Government of National Defence had few soldiers to defend itself, and launched the first demonstrations against it. Among Jews active in the Commune were Leó Frankel, a Hungarian-born communist who was elected to the Paris Commune in March, suffered wounds in its defense, and managed to escape execution to become a leader of the First International in London. The Commune was not planned in advance, nor was it (entirely) the product of an escalating class struggle. The National Guard still held parts of the 3rd arrondissment, from the Carreau du Temple to the Arts-et-Metiers, and the National Guard still had artillery at their strong points at the Buttes-Chaumont and Père-Lachaise, from which they continued to bombard the regular army forces along the Canal Saint-Martin. The members adopted a dozen proposals, including an honorary presidency for Blanqui; the abolition of the death penalty; the abolition of military conscription; a proposal to send delegates to other cities to help launch communes there; and a resolution declaring that membership in the Paris Commune was incompatible with being a member of the National Assembly. The Paris Commune of 1871 was one of the greatest and most inspiring episodes in the history of the working class. The Council members (who were not "representatives" but delegates, subject in theory to immediate recall by their electors) were expected to carry out many executive and military functions as well as their legislative ones. High religious officials had been arrested: Archbishop Darboy, the Vicar General Abbé Lagarde, and the Curé of the Madeleine Abbé Deguerry. The most popular republican paper was Le Rappel, which condemned both Thiers and the killing of generals Lecomte and Clement-Thomas by the Communards. What have we asked for? However, Thiers and the National Assembly did not accept his proposals. What happened in Paris in March 1871 must have seemed at the time a tremendous political upheaval. Immediately after, it was confronted by a major civil war—the rebellion of the Commune of Paris. The Commune adopted the discarded French Republican Calendar[45] during its brief existence and used the socialist red flag rather than the republican tricolor. While the Army had succeeded in securing the cannons at Belleville and Buttes-Chaumont and other strategic points, at Montmartre a crowd gathered and continued to grow, and the situation grew increasingly tense. Some women organised a feminist movement, following earlier attempts in 1789 and 1848. [18], On 3 November, city authorities organized a plebiscite of Parisian voters, asking if they had confidence in the Government of National Defence. The working class and immigrants suffered the most from the lack of industrial activity due to the war and the siege; they formed the bedrock of the Commune's popular support. [80] Furthermore, besides public buildings, the National Guard also started fires at the homes of a number of residents associated with the regime of Napoleon III, such as that of the historian and playwright Prosper Merimee, the author of Carmen. In Paris, members of the Military Commission and the Executive Committee of the Commune, as well as the Central Committee of the National Guard, met on 1 April. Despite internal differences, the Council began to organise the public services essential for a city of two million residents. In September and October Adolphe Thiers, the leader of the National Assembly conservatives, had toured Europe, consulting with the foreign ministers of Britain, Russia, and Austria, and found that none of them were willing to support France against the Germans. But our good Frenchmen hasten to pull down their house as soon as the chimney takes fire..." Near the end of the Commune, Flaubert wrote to her again, "As for the Commune, which is about to die out, it is the last manifestation of the Middle Ages." Louise Michel was an important anarchist participant in the Paris Commune. But he criticised the Communards for not having done enough to secure their position, highlighting two errors in particular. Go to and the first 500 people will get 2 months off a premium subscription. In a short time the 5th corps of the army advanced toward Parc Monceau and Place Clichy, while General Douay occupied the Place de l'Étoile and General Clichant occupied the Gare Saint-Lazaire. At eight in the morning the next day, the Central Committee was meeting in the Hôtel de Ville. ", This page was last edited on 27 November 2020, at 12:52. Several popular British and American novelists of the late 19th century depicted the Commune as a tyranny against which Anglo-Americans and their aristocratic French allies heroically pitted themselves. But after the repression, he offered to give sanctuary to members of the Commune, which, he said, "was barely elected, and of which I never approved. At the end, he wrote: "No one knows the exact number of victims of the Bloody Week. The National Guard soon came under heavy artillery and rifle fire; they broke ranks and fled back to Paris. In the presence of two battalions of the National Guard and the leaders of the Commune, a band played "La Marseillaise" and the "Chant du Départ". The Jacobin terror is, therefore, not to be excused. A bitter battle took place between about 1,500 national guardsmen from the 13th arrondissement and the Mouffetard district, commanded by Walery Wroblewski, a Polish exile who had participated in the uprising against the Russians, against three brigades commanded by General de Cissey. They also had very little training or experience. While clear that Communards set some of the fires, the reports of women participating in it was overly exaggerated at the time. At about 5:30 on 18 March, the angry crowd of national guardsmen and deserters from Lecomte's regiment at Rue des Rosiers seized Clément-Thomas, beat him with rifle butts, pushed him into the garden, and shot him repeatedly. The Prussian army marched swiftly toward Paris. The National Guard had hundreds of cannons and thousands of rifles in its arsenal, but only half of the cannons and two-thirds of the rifles were ever used. Revolutions have a way of becoming reactionary especially when attacked from the outside, as was the French Revolution by a coalition of great monarchial powers, headed by Great Britain. what is the consequence of the versailles army entering Paris at the end of may? Because Paris was under siege for four months, the Third Republic moved its capital to Tours. Paris would pay an indemnity of 200 million francs. Wounded men were being tended in the halls, and some of the National Guard officers and Commune members were changing from their uniforms into civilian clothes and shaving their beards, preparing to escape from the city. Gustave Cluseret, the commander of the National Guard until his dismissal on 1 May, had tried to impose more discipline in the army, disbanding many unreliable units and making soldiers live in barracks instead of at home. At 6:00 in the evening, the army used cannon to demolish the gates and the First Regiment of naval infantry stormed into the cemetery. A resolution was also passed, after a long debate, that the deliberations of the Council were to be secret, since the Commune was effectively at war with the government in Versailles and should not make its intentions known to the enemy. The organization of credit, exchange, and association in order to assure the worker the full value of his labor; free, secular, and integral education; the right to meet and to form associations; the absolute freedom of the press and of the citizen; the municipal organization of police services, armed forces, hygiene, statistics, etc….” -Electoral statement of the International Workingmen’s Association Federal Council of Parisian Sections (Paris Commune),  Tags: communistsCrimean WarEngelsFranceHerzlParisParis CommunerevolutionRussiaSocialismSocialist International. The Commune counts on you, count on the Commune![72]. At Jules Favre's request, Bismarck agreed not to disarm the National Guard, so that order could be maintained in the city. Anarchists participated actively in the establishment of the Paris Commune. A few minutes later, they did the same to General Lecomte. On the same day, the first executions of National Guard soldiers by the regular army inside Paris took place; some sixteen prisoners captured on the Rue du Bac were given a summary hearing, and then shot. [101] Modern Marxist critics attacked du Camp and his book; Collette Wilson called it "a key text in the construction and promulgation of the reactionary memory of the Commune" and Paul Lidsky called it "the bible of the anti-Communard literature. [84], By the end of 24 May, the regular army had cleared most of the Latin Quarter barricades, and held three-fifths of Paris. [119][120] Lissagaray claimed that because of this myth, hundreds of working-class women were murdered in Paris in late May, falsely accused of being pétroleuses, but he offered no evidence to support his claim. [78] Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray, later a lover of Eleanor Marx, asserted that many of the fires were caused by artillery from the French army, and that women in the Commune were wrongly blamed for arson. Its martyrs are enshrined in the great heart of the working class. [22], At the same time as the demonstration in Paris, the leaders of the Government of National Defence in Bordeaux had concluded that the war could not continue. Secondly, when it is a Marxist More extreme elements of the National Guard carried out mock religious processions and parodies of religious services. On 20 May, MacMahon's artillery batteries at Montretout, Mont-Valerian, Boulogne, Issy, and Vanves opened fire on the western neighbourhoods of the city—Auteuil, Passy, and the Trocadero—with shells falling close to l'Étoile. In a tremendous revolutionary movement, the working people of Paris replaced the capitalist state with their own organs of government and held political power until their downfall in the last week of May. 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