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    The Paris Commune in the British socialist imagination, 1871–1914

    Forster, Laura C. (2020) The Paris Commune in the British socialist imagination, 1871–1914. History of European Ideas 46 (5), pp. 614-632. ISSN 0191-6599.

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    This article is concerned with manifestations of the memory of the Paris Commune in Britain in the decades after 1871. It is about how the Commune was incorporated into the mythology, the canon, of British socialism, and how the memory of the Commune furnished British socialism with powerful and useful symbols. In highlighting the ways in which the events of 1871 captured the British socialist imagination, what follows shows how, despite its oft-emphasised insularity, British socialism was made through the incorporation and appropriation of both native and foreign ideas, symbols, and traditions. The powerful mythologies and symbolism associated with the Commune were taken up by socialists in Britain, and highlight an important intersection between British and French political cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Laura Forster
    Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2020 10:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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