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The world that never was : a true story of dreamers, schemers, anarchists and secret agents

Author: Alex Butterworth
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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"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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Butterworth
ISBN: 9780375425110 037542511X
OCLC Number: 429022081
Description: xxxiii, 482 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
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.
Other Titles: True story of dreamers, schemers, anarchists and secret agents
Responsibility: Alex Butterworth.
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"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." -- Book jacket.

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