France

Here you can download chapter 9 of Wilf’s book Nowhere to Lay Our Head, on the subject of France. There may have been minor edits and updates since its original publication.

STORMING HEAVEN – FRANCE AND THE PARIS COMMUNE (PDF file – 23 pages, 183 KB)

Contents:
REVOLUTIONARY DATES: 1789, 1871 AND 1917
CLASS STRUGGLES IN FRANCE
THE HOPES OF 1968
THE DIFFICULTY OF RULING FRANCE
FRENCH ABSOLUTISM
THE LEAD UP TO THE REVOLUTION
THE FISCAL CRISIS OF THE STATE: 1789
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE RIGHTS OF MAN: 1789-1793
THE JACOBIN REPUBLIC: 1793-99
A FRENCH BOURGEOIS REVOLUTION?
THE SWINDLERS REGIME: 1815-48
BLANQUI, BLANC AND 1848
PEASANTS, DICTATORS AND THE ALCHEMISTS OF REVOLUTION
FRENCH PEASANT SOCIETY AND 19TH CENTURY GLOBALISATION
LESSONS FROM FRANCE 1851 -70: NATIONAL FINANCE CAPITAL
FRENCH WORKERS AND THE RUN UP TO 1870
THE COMMUNARDS
INTEGRATING THE FRENCH WORKERS: 1914 AND 1995?
ALTHUSSER: THE DETOURS OF A STALINIST PCF
STORMING HEAVEN: A TIGER LEAP IN TIME