Ole Birk Laursen
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‘The bomb plot of Zurich’
Indian nationalism, Italian anarchism and the First World War
in Anarchism, 1914–18
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The 'bomb plot of Zurich' is a prime example of the way in which a marriage of convenience opens up a space for the review of anarchist anti-militarism. The author argues that, in the context of the First World War, Indian anticolonial nationalism was not necessarily incompatible with German imperialism and Italian anarchism. He contends that the First World War offered a unique opportunity for Indian nationalists to overthrow the British Raj with German assistance, regardless of Germany's equally imperialist ambitions. The bomb conspiracy was one of many plans in the so-called Indo-German conspiracy and a prime example of the cross-national networks and strategic alliances forged during the First World War. The Indian nationalists were no strangers to the tenets of anarchist terrorism, and Bertoni in particular had long advocated and celebrated the assassination of kings and heads of state.

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