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The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents

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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. 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.

Rich in anecdote and with a fascinating array of supporting characters, The World That Never Was is a masterly exploration of the strange twists and turns of history, taking readers on a journey that spans five continents, from the capitals of Europe to a South Pacific penal colony to the heartland of America. It tells the story of a generation that saw its utopian dreams crumble into dangerous desperation and offers a revelatory portrait of an era with uncanny echoes of our own.

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Presents a history of anarchism from the 1871 Paris Commune to the 1905 Russian Revolution through stories of violent revolutionaries, the secret police who tracked them, and famous figures who played lesser-known roles.

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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.

Table of Contents

A distant horizon — Communards — From prince to anarchist — Around the world in 280 days — To the people — Forward! — Propaganda by deed — Spies and tsaricides — Inconvenient guests — Voices in the fog — The holy brotherhood — A great new tide — The making of the martyrs — Decadence and degeneration — The revolution is postponed — Deep cover — The Russian memorandum — Dynamite in the city of light — Wicked laws — The mysteries of Bourdin and the baron — A time of harmony — Conspirary theories — Agents unmasked — War and revolution — Coda.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307379030
Subtitle:
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
Alex Butterworth
Author:
Butterworth, Alex
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
History : Europe - General
Subject:
History : Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
History : Revolutionary
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Anarchism
Subject:
Anarchism -- History.
Subject:
Politics-Anarchism
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Western Civilization-General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100615
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
482

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » General

The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents
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Product details 482 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307379030 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Presents a history of anarchism from the 1871 Paris Commune to the 1905 Russian Revolution through stories of violent revolutionaries, the secret police who tracked them, and famous figures who played lesser-known roles.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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