The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror
The Dynamite Club:
How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror
by John Merriman
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Reading a book on nineteenth-century anarchism by John Merriman is a bit like reading one on the semicolon by Strunk and White. Merriman’s A History of Modern Europe (1996) is perhaps the best survey of the era, but by narrowing his scope from five hundred years of Continental history to a few bomb-throwing anarchists in Belle Epoque France, he is able to pack in riveting detail. The Dynamite Club covers the rise of anarchism in France between the 1871 Paris Commune and the execution, in 1894, of Émile Henry for the deaths and injuries resulting from his bombing of a police station and a café. Though Merriman catalogues the destabilizing effects of two decades of anarchist terror, Henry’s attacks are given center stage because they were among the first to target civilians.
In A History of Modern Europe, Merriman
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