The politics of attack

Communiqués and insurrectionary violence

By Michael Loadenthal

The politics of attack


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1446-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics, Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics & government, Anarchism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, HISTORY / Revolutionary, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Revolutionary groups & movements, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Anarchism
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies


Since the early 2000s, global, underground networks of insurrectionary anarchists have carried out thousands of acts of political violence. This book is an exploration of the ideas, strategies, and history of these political actors that engage in a confrontation with the oppressive powers of the state and capital. This book challenges the reader to consider the historically ignored articulations put forth by those who communicate through sometimes violent political acts-vandalism, sabotage, arson and occasional use of explosives. These small acts of violence are announced and contextualized through written communiqués, which are posted online, translated, and circulated globally. This book offers the first contemporary history of these digitally-mediated networks, and seeks to locate this tendency within anti-state struggles from the past.


'This book is a unique historical-to-contemporary overview of insurrectionary currents and a welcome contribution to contemporary anarchist studies.'
Allan Antliff, University of Victoria, Anarchist Studies 27.1

'The definitive text on late-twentieth century- early twentyfi-rst century leftwing violence and terrorism.'
Richard Bach Jensen,Terrorism & Political Violence, 31(4) 2019


1. Concerning method and the study of political violence
2. Insurrection as history from Guy Fawkes to black blocs
3. Insurrection as a post-millennial, clandestine, network of cells
4. Insurrection as warfare, terrorism and revolutionary design
5. Insurrection as theory, text, and strategy
6. Insurrection as values-driven theory and action
7. Insurrection as anti-securitization communication


Michael Loadenthal is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio and Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association

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