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Commemorating Trauma
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Commemorating Trauma: The Paris Commune and Its Cultural Aftermath

Peter Starr

Abstract

Nothing says more about a culture than the way it responds to deeply traumatic events. The Reign of Terror, America's Civil War, the Holocaust, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Kennedy assassination, September 11th—watershed moments such as these can be rich sounding boards for the cultural historian patient enough to tease out the traumatic event's complex cultural resonances. This book is about one such moment in the history of modern France. The so-called Terrible Year began with the French army's crushing defeat at Sedan and the fall of the Second Empire in September of 1870, followed by the Pr ... More

Keywords: culture, traumatic events, France, Terrible Year, Paris Commune, confusion, democratization, revolutionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226030
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823226030.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Starr, author