The spies who came in from the heat: the international surveillance of the anarchists in London

Di Paola, Pietro (2007) The spies who came in from the heat: the international surveillance of the anarchists in London. European history quarterly, 37 (2). pp. 189-215. ISSN 0265-6914

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265691407075591

Abstract

From the second half of the nineteenth century European governments perceived anarchism as an international threat and regarded the surveillance of colonies established by anarchist refugees as of great importance. The article investigates the service of 'International Police' that the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Italian embassies set up for this purpose. By taking as a case study the colony of Italian anarchists who settled in London from 1870 to 1914, it analyses in detail the organizational structure of this intelligence service and it reconstructs the main incidents which informers and spies were involved in. The article examines also the ambivalent attitude of the British police in regard to the surveillance of foreign revolutionaries and the repercussions that these intelligence activities had on the relationship between Italian and British authorities.

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Additional Information:From the second half of the nineteenth century European governments perceived anarchism as an international threat and regarded the surveillance of colonies established by anarchist refugees as of great importance. The article investigates the service of 'International Police' that the Italian Ministry of Interior and the Italian embassies set up for this purpose. By taking as a case study the colony of Italian anarchists who settled in London from 1870 to 1914, it analyses in detail the organizational structure of this intelligence service and it reconstructs the main incidents which informers and spies were involved in. The article examines also the ambivalent attitude of the British police in regard to the surveillance of foreign revolutionaries and the repercussions that these intelligence activities had on the relationship between Italian and British authorities.
Keywords:Spies and informers, Political police, International Police, Anarchists, Surveillance
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V223 Italian History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:1256
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:01 Oct 2007
Last Modified:21 Jul 2014 11:28

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