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The Women Incendiaries
The long out-of-print classic about women in the Paris Commune of 1871.

The Women Incendiaries tells the inspirational story of women who played a leading role in the Paris Commune, one of history’s greatest moments of social upheaval. This is the first paperback edition of this vital, remarkable book.

Edith Thomas was a French writer whose books include a biography of Paris Commune leader Louise Michel.

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    To preface her list, she writes:

    "When the women’s liberation movement started in the late 1960s, I began looking for the women, as well as men, who had been hidden from history. Fifty years on, I am still at it. The following books are drawn from a great host of books I admire."


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