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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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Anarchist Assassins: Acciarito, Angiolillo, and Lucheni

Anarchist Assassins: Acciarito, Angiolillo, and Lucheni

(p.90) 5 Anarchist Assassins: Acciarito, Angiolillo, and Lucheni
Assassins against the Old Order

Nunzio Pernicone

Fraser M. Ottanelli

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 5 describes the circumstances leading to and the nature of three attentats: Pietro Acciarito failed attempt against King Umberto I, Michele Angiolillo assassination of Spanish Prime Minister, Antonio Cánovas del Castillo and Luigi Lucheni’s murder of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. The chapter explains that while Acciarito acted out of desperation shaped by personal economic destitution, Angiolillo’s attentat displayed the characteristics of the anarchist cosmopolitan giustiziere. Like Caserio before him, Angiolillo’s assassination of Cánovas del Castillo, was motivated as a show of solidarity with foreign comrades and as an act of retribution against an individual directly responsible for acts of violence against the innocent. If on a scale of political and moral consciousness Angiolillo’s attentat represents the highest level, the lowest place is occupied by Lucheni’s senseless assassination of Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

Keywords:   King Umberto I, Pietro Acciarito, Michele Angiolillo, Luigi Lucheni, Attentat, Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, Avenger, Giustiziere, Empress Elizabeth of Austria

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