The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 12 févr. 2009 - 224 pages
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The fascinating story of a long-forgotten "war on terror" that has much in common with our own

On a February evening in 1894, a young radical intellectual named Émile Henry drank two beers at an upscale Parisian restaurant, then left behind a bomb as a parting gift. This incident, which rocked the French capital, lies at the heart of The Dynamite Club, a mesmerizing account of Henry and his cohorts and the war they waged against the bourgeoisie—setting off bombs in public places, killing the president of France, and eventually assassinating President McKinley in 1901.

Paris in the belle époque was a place of leisure, elegance, and power. Newly electrified, the city’s wide boulevards were lined with posh department stores and outdoor cafés. But prosperity was limited to a few. Most lived in dire poverty, and workers and intellectuals found common cause in a political philosophy—anarchism—that embraced the overthrow of the state by any means necessary.

Yet in targeting civilians to achieve their ends, the dynamite bombers charted a new course. Seeking martyrdom, believing fervently in their goal, and provoking a massive government reaction that only increased their ranks, these "evildoers" became, in effect, the first terrorists in modern history.

Surprising and provocative, The Dynamite Club is a brilliantly researched account that illuminates a period of dramatic social and political change—and subtly asks us to reflect upon our own.

  

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Review: The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror

Avis d'utilisateur  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Recommended for history geeks Spoiler alert: This is a story about the European anarchist environment in the late 1800s, a man - Emile Henry - who believed in certain anarchist tenets, how he decided ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siècle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror

Avis d'utilisateur  - Bryoniadioica - Goodreads

Interesting discussion of the beginning of terrorism against the general public in the hands of French anarchists. Delineates for me the argument that I've seen made re: Les Miserables and the ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Cafe Terminus
1 Light and Shadows in the Capital of Europe
2 The Exiles Second Son
3 Love Engenders Hate
4 Dynamite Deeds
5 Carnage at a Police Station
6 Two Bombs
Plates 18
7 The Trial
8 Reaction
Back Matter
Back Flap
Back Cover
Spine
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À propos de l'auteur (2009)

JOHN MERRIMAN is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of many books, including the classic History of Modern Europe and The Stones of Balazuc. He lives with his family in Connecticut and Balazuc, France.

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