The June Days
The June Days
This chapter examines the military course of the June Days of 1848 and the nature and tactical lessons of the French government's struggle against the insurrection. The June Days were a deliberate, premeditated confrontation about the social and economic future of France, but unlike in the February Days, barricades were virtually nonexistent. The June struggle involved prosperous artisans and socialists of all classes who fought without any personal stake in the future of the National Workshops. This chapter begins with an overview of the high command that directed the military repression of June, including the protégés of the war minister, Eugène Cavaignac. It then considers the government plans and preparations for the insurrection and goes on to discuss the initial skirmishes and the extent of the insurrection, the problem of government leadership, the victory of the government forces over the rebels, and the persistence of civil disorders in Paris despite the end of the insurrection.
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