Bohemian Montmartre, Anarchism, and Gustave Charpentier
This chapter begins with a discussion of thief, counterfeiter, murderer, and anarchist. Ravachol, who was responsible for bombing a building on the boulevard Saint-Germain on 11 Mar 1892 and targeting French advocate general Bulot two weeks later. The chapter then discusses French anarchism in the 1890s as a variegated social and cultural phenomenon. It is argued that the theory that unbridled individualism in an egalitarian society posed no serious threat struck a responsive chord in some writers and artists. Anarchist thinking was at once high-minded enough and sufficiently vague as to how the golden age would be implemented to harmonize well with wide-ranging aesthetic tendencies.
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