|Part of the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Patrice de MacMahon|
|170,000||On paper, 200,000; in reality, probably between 25,000 and 50,000 actual combatants|
|Casualties and losses|
|877 killed, 6,454 wounded, and 183 missing||6,667 confirmed killed and buried; unconfirmed estimates from 10-15,000|
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Historical context[change | change source]
On 2 September 1870, France was defeated in the Battle of Sedan during the Franco-Prussian War, and Napoleon III was captured. When the news reached Paris, angry people came out into the streets. Empress Eugénie fled Paris and the government of the Second Empire collapsed.
References[change | change source]
- "Les aspects militaires de la Commune par le colonel Rol-Tanguy". Association des Amies et Amis de la Commune de Paris 1871. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- Milza, 2009a, p. 319
- Tombs, Robert, "How Bloody was la Semaine sanglante of 1871? A Revision". The Historical Journal, September 2012, vol. 55, issue 03, pp. 619–704
- Audin, Michele, "La Semaine Sanglante" (2021)
- Rougerie, Jacques, La Commune de 1871, p. 118