Sisters of Liberty: Marseille, Lyon, Paris and the Reaction to a Centralized State, 1868-1871
by Louis M. Greenberg
Harvard University Press, 1971
Cloth: 978-0-674-81000-6
Library of Congress Classification DC317.G74
Dewey Decimal Classification 944.07


Although the Paris Commune of 1871 has been the subject of voluminous writing, especially on the place of the uprising in the development of socialist thought and practice, little was previously done on provincial communal movements.

First published in 1971, this book offers an exploration of the insurrection as part of the nationwide struggle for municipal and departmental liberties, bringing to the fore the Commune's relationship to the broader historical problem of the consolidation and future character of the Third Republic, especially in the provinces. Greenberg thus sees the event as part of a long developing effort to decentralize political power in France.

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