The politics of attack

Communiqués and insurrectionary violence

By Dr Michael Loadenthal

The politics of attack


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1445-7
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Anarchism, Politics, Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Revolutionary groups & movements, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, HISTORY / Revolutionary, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Society & social sciences / Anarchism
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies


This story explores the history, ideas, and strategies of insurrectionary anarchism. This book asks the reader to consider the theories of bomb-throwing, window-smashing, graffiti-scrawling arsonists, and through an examination of movement communiqués, embrace the critique offered by the clandestine, urban guerrillas fighting for total liberation against the omnipresent forces of violence and coercion.


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


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

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