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A reprint of the 1934 'enlarged edition', a volume that added newly translated material to the title essay. It includes an introduction by Engels ["Do you want to know that this dictatorship of the proletariat looks like? Then look at the Paris Commune. That was the dictatorship of the proletariat"], Marx's first and second 'Manifesto On The Franco-Prussian War', the corre...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Charles H Kerr (first published 1871)
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Amr Raouf
مؤامرة الطبقة الحاكمة لقمع الثورة عن طريق الحرب الاهليه تحت رعاية الغازى الاجنبى

كارل ماركس كان هيخليني اتطرد من البيت :D


فى كتاب "الحرب الاهليه على فرنسا" يقدم كارل ماركس دراسة شامله عن كومونة باريس , التى نشأت بعد هزيمة جيش الامبراطورية الثانيه و توقيع معاهدة فرساى حيث تكونت حكومة الدفاع الوطنى التى لم تجد بدا من من تسليح العمال الباريسيين لمواجهة الاحتلال ثم ادى خضوع هذه الحكومة للغزاه و خيانتهم للفرنسيين الى استقلال العمال الباريسيين و تكوين الكومونة فى باريس و بدء اتخاذ قرارات اصلاحيه ثورية...more
Luke
This is history as it should be- engaged yet well-referenced. His description of the policies established by the Commune are an excellent guide to what the first stages of a genuine workers' state will look like. Likewise, his condemnation of the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie is decisive:

"The civilization and justice of bourgeois order comes out in its lurid light whenever the slaves and drudges of that order rise against their masters. Then this civilization and justice stand forth as undisguis...more
ماهر الرحمن
إن الحياة الإنسانية لا يصنعها شخص بذاته، وإنما جموع الناس باعمالهم وتضحياتهم وأفكارهم وطموحاتهم. ومع ذلك فإن للشخص الواحد تأثير فى تلك الحياة. وقد يظهر هذا الشخص ويبرز بين الناس أو لا يظهر ويظل مجهولا رغم عظمته الإنسانية. فبناة الأهرامات، أحد رموز الحضارة المصرية القديمة، مجهولون بالنسبة لنا. والعمال الذين حفروا قناة السويس أو حتى الذين بنوا السد العالى، أو تلك الأم التى ساعدت أبناءها وعلمتهم قيم وقيمة الحياة الإنسانية. أو حتى الذين يحتفظون بانسانيتهم فى وجه المحن وبتواضع لا حد له.وقد يتميز شخص...more
Palden Gyal
Engels comments on the Paris Commune in the preface, “Of late, the Social-Democratic philistine has once more been filled with wholesome terror at the words: Dictatorship of the proletariat. Well and good, gentlemen, do you want to know what this dictatorship looks like? Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the proletariat.” [p. 22]

It is interesting to see how Marxists and Anarchists debated and attempted to interpret the Commune according to their own interests. I think it w...more
Cade
It was okay. Lots of ranting about the government of France. I don't know that much about the history of France outside of the broad timeline high points (Napoleon, French-Indian war, they hate Britain, lots of WWI & WWII were fought on their territory, and currently they have issues with the Muslim minority), so I'm not that familiar with the Paris Commune from a historical standpoint, and the book makes me want to learn more, as I think knowledge of the overall world setting at that time w...more
Sean Mccarrey
While I have a hard time giving this book as much as three stars I did think it was quite a bit better than the Communist Manifesto, which I gave two stars to. The things I liked about this book were the expressions of propaganda so flagrantly used by Marx to express one of the more unique periods in French history and the way that he wrote rather clearly compared with some of his other more murky papers on political theory. For me, this 'book' was a great study in the application of political s...more
Anna
I got a lovely old edition of this from the University Library. It has a slightly grudging introduction by Engels and appendices of resolutions by the General Council of the International Working Men's Association. Most interestingly, there is a speech given by Lenin in 1908 on lessons from the Commune, which brings out the point that the initial French Revolution has begun a tide of European nationalism, but by the turn of the 20th century patriotic feeling had become damaging to the revolution...more
Guilherme Martins
A guerra civil em França parte do pressuposto que através do método de analisar a realidade social existente, se conseguiria antecipar as lutas do antagonismos de classes, ou fracções de classes. Situado numa posição histórica do desenvolvimento do modo de produção do capitalismo numa época embrionária da sociedade das mercadorias. Em 1848,a nação francesa sobre o comando de Louis Bonaparte, situa-se se queremos em termos da ciências burguesas, numa crise estrutural cíclica,embora relembrando o...more
Esteban Gordon
"Working men’s Paris, with its Commune, will be forever celebrated as the glorious harbinger of a new society. Its martyrs are enshrined in the great heart of the working class. Its exterminators history has already nailed to that eternal pillory from which all the prayers of their priest will not avail to redeem them."
Mahmoud
الدرس المستفاد من الكتاب بعيدا عن فرنسا بالنسبه لينا كمصريين على الأخص و كعرب عموما, احنا رحنا في داهيه من زمان زز بس بندور على حته نركن فيها
Rjones2818
An excellent look into one of those lesser covered (at least here in the US) pieces of history. The French had just been soundly defeated by the Prussians and the proletariat/citizens of Paris went into revolt. The resulting Paris Commune is looked upon either as a glorious event or with great disdain, depending on your view point. Marx and the others gathered in this collection give their views as to the events of the day. It is quite powerful and well worth the read.
Abigail
Hilarious in classic Marxist overblown style. I thought he was a bit harsh on poor Thiers, having a go at him for being short more often than he criticised his politics. 'Monstrous gnome' is a bit much. Although it was pretty funny.
Yep, basically, I'm not a Marxist, so I don't appreciate this in the spirit it was intended. It was fairly interesting as a historical document, though.
Catfish
This was one resource for my undergraduate paper entitled "An Introduction to the Communist/Anarchist Debate"... I found it wonderfully useful especially because thinkers from all over the political spectrum wrote about it including Engels, Bakunin and Lenin.
Keir
Marx was fundamentally writing as an outsider. Much hand wringing is performed as to the immorality of the French Bourgeois however the book is sadly largely without insight, theoretical or practical.
Donna
The backbone of the whole volume is The Communist Manifesto. I wonder how anyone could see this coming as far back as 1848, when the Industrial Rev. was just beginning! Remarkable.
David
good reporting...that stuff about the Paris Commune is cool
Arsalan ale
great piece of work. absolutely underrated
Ben
A phenomenal work by Marx the historian.
babak haghighi
brilliant case study on 19th century france
Alex

marx's history of the paris commune.
Daniel Jacobs
Everyone should read this.
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