Paris 1848: The Barricade

The 1848 Revolution in France is one of a wave of revolutions in 1848 in Europe. In France, the February revolution ends the Orleans monarchy (1830-1848) and lead to the creation of the French Second Republic.

The June days are a bloody but unsuccessful rebellion by the Paris workers against a conservative turn in the Republic’s course.

On December 2, 1848, Louis Napoleon is elected President of the Second Republic, largely on peasant support. Three years later he suspends the elected assembly, establishing the Second French Empire, which lasts until 1871…


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