The Paris Commune
Time: 12:30 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH60
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The course asks what revolution, socialism, anti-clericalism, feminism meant in Paris and other cities which experienced communes in 1871.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
How it was that Paris elected a Commune, what the Commune tried to do, Why there were communes in Lyon, Marseille, Thiers and Algeria. How the Commune was described in poems and novels and cartoons and paintings. Why the army invaded Paris to destroy the Commune and why the soldiers were so violent. Why public buildings were torched during the repression.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
understand what happened during the Communes and why the army repressed the Paris events so violently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need a good grasp of spoken and written English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
I will email you notes in advance and the course will consist of three 45 minute informal seminars. You will be expected to read my notes and contribute to discussing the questions I list.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs and nothing else to bring.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HEH56 19th Century Europe 1815-1914 Dynasties and Democracies taught by Pamela Pilbeam in January.
Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.
Pamela Pilbeam, Professor Emeritus in French History, Royal Holloway and sessional lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, is the historical consultant and main presenter of The Legend of Madame Tussaud, an Arte docu-drama seen on BBC Four, 23 February 2017. Her recent books include Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks (paperback, print on demand Bloomsbury, 2017, 1st ed. 2003), Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France (Palgrave, 2014), The 1830 Revolution in France (Palgrave, e edition 2014).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.