Bibliographic Details

Surmounting the barricades : women in the Paris Commune / Carolyn J. Eichner.

Author / Creator Eichner, Carolyn Jeanne, 1961-
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2004.
Description xii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Language English
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Subject Women revolutionaries -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Paris (France) -- History -- Commune, 1871.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Related ItemsPart of: ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Other authors / contributors American Council of Learned Societies.
ISBN 0253344425
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-271) and index.
Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2008. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet.
Review by Choice Review

For 72 days following the disastrous 1871 Franco-Prussian War, working-class and socialist Parisians challenged the French government. At the end of May 1871, the French Army stormed the city, attacked the insurgents' barricades, and left over 25,000 rebels dead. Most textbooks ignore the role women played in this revolt. Eichner (women's studies, Univ. of South Florida) corrects this oversight. She uses three revolutionaries, Elisabeth Dmitrieff, Andre Leo, and Paule Mink to represent the greater number of nameless female communards who challenged the strict gender and class boundaries that relegated French women to a status equal to that of minor children. Chapters explore the short-lived Commune from a refreshingly new feminist perspective. Each of the three women brought their different strengths to this revolt, representing the differing constituencies of women present on the barricades. Dmitrieff excelled at labor organizing, Leo used her writing skills to challenge the accepted roles allocated by French society to all women, and Mink specialized in grassroots activism. Despite the failure of the Commune, all of Eichner's protagonists continued their public activism, refusing to allow their dreams for an egalitarian society to die. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Most academic levels/libraries. R. V. A. Gomez Anne Arundel Community College

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