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The Knights Errant of AnarchyLondon and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora (1880-1917)$
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Pietro Paola

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319693.001.0001

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The Surveillance of Italian Anarchists in London

The Surveillance of Italian Anarchists in London

(p.122) 5 The Surveillance of Italian Anarchists in London
The Knights Errant of Anarchy

Pietro Di Paola

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the surveillance of the anarchists that the Italian embassy and the Italian Minister of Interior conducted in London by using spies and informers. It links the espionage to the concern of Italian authorities about the danger posed by anarchists living abroad, and their eventual recruitment of informers and secret agents for this purpose. It also considers Italy’s collaboration with the police forces of the host countries and its impact on the efficiency of intelligence. In addition, the chapter examines the activities of government spies and the anarchists’ ‘counterespionage’, along with the trial of Errico Malatesta for alleged espionage. Finally, it describes the attitude held by British police toward political refugees in London.

Keywords:   surveillance, anarchists, London, spies, espionage, counterespionage, Errico Malatesta, police, political refugees, Italy

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