The Age of Assassination: Monarchy and Nation in Nineteenth-Century Europe

11 May 2015, 12:30 - 14:00

CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building

Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress seminar series. All welcome, but please email Michelle Maciejewska if you wish to attend and to request readings.   Sandwich lunch and refreshments provided.

Dr Rachel Hoffman

This work in progress examines the transnational history of political murder in late nineteenth-century Europe. Assassination surfaced as a major and, indeed, the most radical form of violent political protest in the long nineteenth century. The paper connects the story of assassination across the European landscape, linking how the events were perceived from below to how they were from above. It shows that assassination struck at the very foundations of the existing social and political order, but it did not destroy it; rather, assassination helped to buttress monarchy and forge the modern nation. The work contributes to scholarship on the intersection of violence and politics, and state attempts to maintain order in the modern age.

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

Dr Rachel G. Hoffman is a Research Fellow on Conspiracy and Democracy, a research project funded by the Leverhulme and based at the University of Cambridge. 

Dr Hoffman is also a Fellow in History of King’s College. Rachel completed her BA in History at Brown University, and her MPhil and PhD in History at Cambridge, where she was a Cambridge International Scholar. She has held visiting research positions at Yale University and the New School for Social Research.