Past event

Dangerous Knowledge: Reportage of Political Violence and the Spread of International Terrorism, 1850 Talk by James Crossland, Liverpool John Moores University

In this talk, Dr James Crossland offers insight into the process by which violent radicals of the 19th century first learned how to be terrorists, setting in motion processes of political violence that persist to this day. Drawing from his latest book, The Rise of Devils: Fear and the Origins of Modern Terrorism, Dr Crossland looks at the crucial role played by the 19th century media in disseminating both the fear of political violence and information on how to build bombs, evade police and terrorise kings and capital — dangerous knowledge that the nationalists, nihilists, anarchists and Irish republicans of this era put to effective use, engendering the world's first global terrorist wave.