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Through the interwoven stories of several key anarchists and the secret police who . This is the only book I know of to focus specifically on 19th century anarchist terrorism.
Through the interwoven stories of several key anarchists and the secret police who tracked and manipulated them, Butterworth explores how the anarchists were led to increasingly desperate acts of terrorism and murder. On top of that, it manages to tell the story of Giving up on this one after slogging through a little over half of it.
The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents is a 2010 book by Alex Butterworth about anarchism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the United States
The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents is a 2010 book by Alex Butterworth about anarchism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the United States. The book begins with the story of the exposure of Yevno Azef, a leading member of Russia's Socialist Revolutionary Party, as an agent of the Okhrana in 1908.
Butterworth's exciting book illustrates how little the practices of this demi-monde have changed in the century and a half since .
Butterworth's exciting book illustrates how little the practices of this demi-monde have changed in the century and a half since the time of the book's leading protagonists: Colonel Wilhelm Stieber (1842-1882), secret counsellor to Bismarck's government, head of military intelligence for the North German confederation, and adviser to the tsar's infamous "Third Section"; Peter Rachkovsky.
Alex Butterworth is a historian and dramatist whose first book, Pompeii: The Living City, won the Longman-History Today .
Alex Butterworth is a historian and dramatist whose first book, Pompeii: The Living City, won the Longman-History Today New Generation Book of the Year Award in 2006. He lives in Oxford, England. On top of that, it manages to tell the story of the terrorists themselves alongside the story of their pursuers in the various national intelligence agencies and secret police forces. This interweaving two-part structure is especially valuable for this topic, as it gives clear insight into how the movement was manipulated by the governments it opposed, undercover agents pushing the movement further and further toward violence which could then be used to justify even more violent repression.
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A thrilling history of the rise of anarchism, told through the stories of a number of prominent revolutionaries and the agents of the secret police who pursued them. In the late nineteenth century, nations the world over were mired in economic recession and beset by social unrest, their leaders increasingly threatened by acts of terrorism and assassination from anarchist extremists. In this riveting history of that tumultuous period, Alex Butterworth follows the rise of these revolutionaries from the failed Paris Commune of 1871 to the 1905 Russian Revolution and beyond.
Why I Read This Book. I’ve been interested in 19th Century radicalism for a long time now, so when I saw this new (relatively-pub. On the whole this is a very interesting and readable book. It’s not without its flaws, however, and I’ll start out by addressing the flaws. The primary problem with this book is that it’s juggling too many characters, and too many different stories.
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The well-known figures are all there: Louise Michel, incarcerated in New Caledonia after the 1871Paris Commune; Peter Kropotkin, the Russian prince who renounced privilege, and the Russian aristocrat. Hence a bizarre symbiosis was created between pursuers and pursued.
The early anarchists were a convenient enemy against which the status quo was strengthened. This is where Butterworth comes in. He begins his story at a meeting in the Paris apartment of Boris Savinkov, poet and novelist, anti-tsarist terrorist and later minister in Alexander Kerensky's provisional government, in October 1908.