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The Culture of War: Literature of the Siege of Paris 1870-1871

Colin Foss


The Culture of War explores the unexpected flourishing of literature both high and low during the Siege of Paris at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871. When Prussian forces completely blockaded Paris, isolating the city from the outside world, Parisians turned to literature to resist the enemy, to fill the idle hours under siege, and to articulate their place in history. This cultural boom was a conscious effort on the part of literary institutions like newspapers, publishers, and theaters to ensure the viability of their industries during a period of political uncertainty. To do so ... More

Keywords: Franco-Prussian War, Publishing, Theater, Diaries, Newspapers, Paris, History of the Book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621921
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Foss, author
Austin College