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Women Communards of Montmartre; Paris Commune, 1871
Women of Montmartre pledging to fight the government troops to the death, with the slogan The Commune or Death, as Paris burns in the background, 1871. At the end of the Franco-Prussian war, Parisian socialists refused to surrender Paris to the rightwing French government, which led to bitter fighting on the streets of the city and large-scale executions of Communards
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