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Assassin !: 200 Years of British Political Murder
     

Assassin !: 200 Years of British Political Murder

by Ian Hernon
 

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For as long as the world has had rulers, there have been plots to assassinate those at the top. Violent death is usually associated with dictatorships and tinpot regimes. Few people know that Britain also has a history of political assassination. This book brings to life the forgotten story of assassination-successful and unsuccessful-over the last 200 years in

Overview

For as long as the world has had rulers, there have been plots to assassinate those at the top. Violent death is usually associated with dictatorships and tinpot regimes. Few people know that Britain also has a history of political assassination. This book brings to life the forgotten story of assassination-successful and unsuccessful-over the last 200 years in Britain.

From prime ministers and politicians to princes, lords and officials of all kinds, Britain’s assassination attempts cover a wide variety of figures in some key moments of history. Hernon examines the motivations of the assassins-from political ideologies to simple mental instability. He shows how most attempts originated from isolated individuals or minority groups, rather than broad political will.

Ultimately, Hernon argues,assassination remains the resort of the outsider with poor political judgment. Assassination attempts have never-in this country-brought about the changes the assassin wishes. They have often served to undermine civil liberties. But they do provide a fascinating account of how the will of the individual has occasionally and dramatically intervened into the lives of those in power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745327150
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
10/24/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Ian Hernon has been a journalist since 1969 and a Westminster lobby correspondent since 1978. He has reported for the Sunday Times and Daily Express Scottish editions, the News of the World, the Glasgow Evening Times, and many other newspapers. Ian's previous books on 19th Century British history include Britain's Forgotten Wars, The Savage Empire, Blood in the Sand and Massacre and Retribution.

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