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The 19th-Century Roots of Terrorism
Boston Globe ^ | February 26, 2009 | Chuck Leddy

Posted on 02/26/2009 9:28:50 PM PST by nickcarraway

Terrorist bombings of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels are, unfortunately, the stuff of today's headline news. But the bombing of Paris's Café Terminus in 1894 was a new, stunning phenomenon made possible by a violent philosophy and the development of dynamite. Yale historian John Merriman does many things in "The Dynamite Club," his book about the bombing, and does them quite well, from explaining the intellectual and social underpinnings of anarchism to detailing the invention of dynamite to taking us inside the murky underworld of extremist Émile Henry, who built and then set off the 1894 bomb. Discuss COMMENTS (1)

THE DYNAMITE CLUB: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Si�cle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror By John Merriman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 259 pp., illustrated, $26

"This book is motivated by a very simple question: Why did Émile Henry do what he did?" In seeking an answer, Merriman meticulously details the massive socioeconomic inequalities of 19th-century Paris, and the rest of Europe, which created alienation and resentment, especially among impoverished intellectuals such as Henry. Merriman shows us the dual worlds of Paris, the conspicuous consumption of the relatively few haves and the desperation, sickness, and want of the majority have-nots. Henry's radical father had been forced to flee France after the 1871 Paris Commune, and young Henry adopted an extreme anarchist philosophy that advocated violence to destroy the social and political order.

Unlike socialists, anarchists like Henry rejected "electoral politics because they saw it as a means of propping up the bourgeois state," writes Merriman.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: origins; roots; terrorism

1 posted on 02/26/2009 9:28:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Ummm..., that’s wrong. It’s not 19th century roots, but 7th Century roots, from Islam. They’re trying to ignore the true root cause here, for most of the terrorism in the world...


2 posted on 02/26/2009 9:38:36 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler
"7th Century roots"

You can trace it back beyond that, to the sicari of intertestimonial times. The Jewish revolt.

3 posted on 02/27/2009 8:43:48 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

You said — “You can trace it back beyond that, to the sicari of intertestimonial times. The Jewish revolt.”

However, nothing in history has been so effective and has spread so widely and has had such an impact and has put on such an assault on the West, as this particular kind.

It’s kind of like comparing the Mafia to a high-school kid shoplifting... LOL...


4 posted on 02/27/2009 11:42:08 AM PST by Star Traveler
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