The communist movement and violence in France: from the First World War to the Cold War

Issue: 
Spring / Summer 2010

The article analyses the uses of violence that were adopted by communist militants in France, according to their cultural and political referents. It looks at the meaning and usefulness of deployments of force that were made by the French Communist Party (PCF), analysing them in relation to the external requirements of the party’s connections with other political formations, and to the internal requirements of the militants’ link with the party, and the party’s link with the militants.

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