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Assassins against the Old OrderItalian Anarchist Violence in Fin de Siècle Europe$
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Nunzio Pernicone and Fraser M. Ottanelli

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041877

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041877.001.0001

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Bombings, Insurrections, and Cosmopolitanism: Paolo Lega and Sante Caserio

Bombings, Insurrections, and Cosmopolitanism: Paolo Lega and Sante Caserio

(p.47) 3 Bombings, Insurrections, and Cosmopolitanism: Paolo Lega and Sante Caserio
Assassins against the Old Order

Nunzio Pernicone

Fraser M. Ottanelli

University of Illinois Press

Bombings are traditionally associated with anarchism. Through a brief comparative survey, Chapter 3 explains that while this was a lethal weapon of struggle used by anarchists in Spain and France, the same was not the case for the bombings perpetrated by their Italian comrades. Spanish and French anarchists bombed activities and locations that attracted large numbers of people, especially members of the bourgeoisie. In contrast, instead of an abstract class enemy, Italian anarchists (in whatever country they struck) bombed buildings or targeted specific personalities along with tangible symbols of state power and repressive policies. The determination to strike those held responsible for repressive policies led to two attentats: Paolo Lega’s attempt on Prime Minister Francesco Crispi’s life followed by Sante Caserio’s assassination of the president of France, Marie Francois Sadi Carnot.

Keywords:   Bombings, Repression, Attentats, political assassination, French and Spanish anarchism, Italian anarchists, Francesco Crispi, Paolo Lega, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Sante Caserio

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