Publisher: AK Press
Released: July 3, 2017
A detailed look at the culture and politics of anarchist refugees in London at the turn of the twentieth century.
A collective biography of Italian anarchists exiled from their homeland during four decades of upheaval throughout Europe. England’s generous immigration and extradition policies made it a haven for anarchist dissidents. Di Paola charts the politics and culture of fledgling organizations and influential individuals as they maintained a global revolutionary network—under the watchful eyes of spies and informers—from their adopted home base of London. This first paperback edition includes a new introduction by the author.
Praise for Knights Errant of Anarchy
"Di Paola's book fills an important gap and helps give a fuller picture of how anarchist movements operated and managed to survive despite repression in their respective homelands."
—Davide Turcato, editor of The Complete Works of Malatesta
"Overall, the book is well done. It makes a solid contribution to the historiography, is logically organized, and makes excellent use of sources. It could be used in an undergraduate or graduate class on anarchism or transnational history. As the travels of Italian anarchists demonstrate, the anarchist movement transcended national boundaries. Studying it through this lens offers a more complete picture and a fresh understanding of history."
—Michael Blum, Journal for the Study of Radicalism
"Di Paola’s work situates itself at the confluence of several vibrant fields, including transnational migration and diaspora studies, labor history, the history of radicalism, and studies on social movements...This book should be considered essential reading for anyone interested in late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century political culture, anarchism, and migration as well as anyone attempting to do transnational studies of social movements in general or the policing of such movements by state systems."
—Andrew Hoyt, H-Italy
Pietro Di Paola is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln