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The rise of devils

Fear and the origins of modern terrorism

By James Crossland

The rise of devils
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6067-6
    • Pages: 376
    • Price: £20.00
    • Published Date: January 2023

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    'Punctuated by the stories of a host of interesting and extraordinary characters, Crossland has produced a fascinating exploration of the long nineteenth century's development of terrorism and counterterrorism, highlighting the role of fear and the paranoia, repression, and overreaction it engendered.'

    Michael Stohl, Professor at the University of California

    Author of Crime and Terrorism

    'By applying an innovative historical lens, The Rise of the Devils by James Crossland offers a remarkable perspective on the history of terrorism that is not overdetermined by the events of 9/11 and explores a "violent strain of nihilism intoxicated by a whiff of martyrdom." The book reads like the prequel to the "National Treasure" movie franchise and offers a completely unique understanding of Terrorism's First Wave.'

    Mia Bloom, Georgia State University

    Author of Dying to Kill: the Allure of Suicide Terror

    In the dying light of the nineteenth century, the world came to know and fear terrorism. Much like today, this was a time of progress and dread, in which breakthroughs in communications and weapons were made, political reforms were implemented and immigration waves bolstered the populations of ever-expanding cities. This era also simmered with political rage and social inequalities, which drove nationalists, nihilists, anarchists and republicans to dynamite cities and discharge pistols into the bodies of presidents, police chiefs and emperors. This wave of terrorism was seized upon by an outrage-hungry press that peddled hysteria, conspiracy theories and, sometimes, fake news in response, convincing many a reader that they were living through the end of days. Against the backdrop of this world of fear and disorder, The rise of devils chronicles the journeys of the men and women who evoked this panic and created modern terrorism - revolutionary philosophers, cult leaders, criminals and charlatans, as well as the paranoid police chiefs and unscrupulous spies who tried to thwart them. In doing so, this book explains how radicals once thought just in their causes became, as Pope Pius IX denounced them, little more than 'devils risen up from Hell'.

    Reviews

    'Punctuated by the stories of a host of interesting and extraordinary characters, Crossland has produced a fascinating exploration of the long nineteenth century's development of terrorism and counterterrorism, highlighting the role of fear and the paranoia, repression, and overreaction it engendered.'
    Michael Stohl, Professor at the University of California
    Author of Crime and Terrorism

    'By applying an innovative historical lens, The Rise of the Devils by James Crossland offers a remarkable perspective on the history of terrorism that is not overdetermined by the events of 9/11 and explores a "violent strain of nihilism intoxicated by a whiff of martyrdom." The book reads like the prequel to the "National Treasure" movie franchise and offers a completely unique understanding of Terrorism's First Wave.'
    Mia Bloom, Georgia State University
    Author of Dying to Kill: the Allure of Suicide Terror

    Contents

    Prologue: The prophet of terror
    1. Three bombs in Paris
    2. The 'Moloch of radicalism'
    3. For those in Hell
    4. Breakers of worlds
    5. Insurgents across borders
    6. Gathering storms
    7. City of enemies
    8. Chasing chimeras
    9. Murder triumphant
    10. The dynamite lesson
    11. Thoughts that light fires
    12. No one is safe
    13. Of fright and fantasy
    14. All toward its end
    Epilogue: Ouroboros

    Author

    James Crossland is Reader in International History at Liverpool John Moores University and author of War, law and humanity: The campaign to control warfare, 1853-1914

    The rise of devils

    By James Crossland

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