Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London
July 18, 2012 19:00Published by group: Housmans Bookshop
Join Simon Webb for a discussion of the history of terrorism in London, and the opportunist response from successive governments.
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The History Press presents:
‘Dynamite, Treason & Plot: Terrorism in Victorian & Edwardian London'
with Simon Webb
7pm, Wednesday 18th July
Terrorism has been a regular feature of life in Britain for at least a hundred and fifty years. The most deadly bombing in London before the 7/7 attacks of 2005 took place in Clerkenwell in 1867, when twelve people were killed. The first tube bombings were in the 1880s.
Successive governments in this country have used the threat of terrorism as an excuse to erode civil liberties. After the Clerkenwell bombing mentioned above, Disraeli claimed that tackling terrorism would require the suspension of Habeus Corpus and more recently we have seen attempts to introduce identity cards, detention without trial, eavesdropping on an industrial scale and secret trials; all in the name of fighting terrorism.
Simon Webb, the author of 'Dynamite, Treason and Plot; Terrorism in Victorian and Edwardian London', traces the history of terrorism in this country from Victoria's reign and shows how governments seize eagerly upon the threat of terrorism in order to bring in illiberal and repressive laws.
This event is part of the London's Burning series at Housmans.
About The Author
Simon Webb specialises in true crime and London. He is the author of the book ‘Unearthing London,' also published by The History Press, and a contributor to True Detective magazine, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, and the Evening Standard. He lives in London.
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