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The Plebeian ExperienceA Discontinuous History of Political Freedom$
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Martin Breaugh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156189

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156189.001.0001

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The Communards

The Communards

A Political Bond of Association

(p.230) 8 The Communards
The Plebeian Experience

Martin Breaugh

, Lazer Lederhendler
Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the human bond of the Communards. It begins by reviewing the sequence of events leading to the establishment of “Paris libre 1871.”. This review is necessary because the existing human bond did not emerge unscathed from a political conjuncture so exceedingly taxing for Parisians. Against this background, the political action that founded the Commune created a human bond governed by the principle of “association.” The term “association” is used here to refer to a principle of collaboration based on equality and rejecting all forms of hierarchy. The Commune represented the end product of the work accomplished over a long period of time by the social and revolutionary movement, which sought as of 1830 to establish a modern collective existence underpinned by the principle of association. The specificity of this bond stemmed from the acceptance of division and conflict within the newly established public space.

Keywords:   Commundards, political bonds, human bonds, Paris Commune, association, political action, plebeian experience

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