WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT Eugene Pottier (Lyrics), Pierre Degeyter (Music)
Frederick Weibgen
After the Paris Commune was crushed by the French government,they wrote "The International" in 1871 (lyrics, music in 1888). It became the Communist anthem that, for better or for worse, accompanied -and often influenced- most of the 20th century's social upheavals until the disappearance of Communist regimes in Russia and most formerly Communist countries at the end of the 20th century.