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The Age of Assassination: Monarchy and Nation in Nineteenth-Century Europe

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This talk will examine the transnational history of political murder in nineteenth-century Europe. Assassination surfaced as a major and, indeed, the most radical form of violent, popular political protest in the long nineteenth century in Europe. The paper will connect the story of assassination across the European landscape, linking how the events were perceived from below to how they were from above. It will show that assassination struck at the very foundations of the existing social and political order, but it did not destroy it; rather, assassination helped to buttress monarchy and forge the modern nation.

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