The Spectre of the Commune and French Anarchism in the 1890s

@article{Merriman2018TheSO,
  title={The Spectre of the Commune and French Anarchism in the 1890s},
  author={John J. Merriman},
  journal={The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism},
  year={2018}
}
  • J. Merriman
  • Published 23 June 2018
  • Political Science, History
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism
This chapter considers not the influence of the Paris Commune of 1871 on anarchist theory (e.g., on Peter Kropotkin, Elisee Reclus, Michael Bakunin, and Louise Michel) in the decades before the Great War but rather its influence on the reality of anarchist organisation in France, above all, in Paris. The Commune offered a permanent source of inspiration and a practical guide for the anarchist movement. In terms of anarchist ‘organisation’, significant continuities in space were to be found in…