03 February 2021

BOOK: Catherine BRICE (Ed.), Exile and the Circulation of Political Practices (Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2020). ISBN: 1-5275-4812-0, pp. 225, £61.99


During the 18th century, visitors would come and attend the British Parliament sessions in order to understand how a representative assembly could technically function, because politics is not only about ideas, but also a lot about practices and techniques. A great deal has been written on the circulation of political ideas during the 19th century, and on the part played by exiles, refugees and military volunteers in this intellectual mobility. However, less is known of what constitutes, in the end, politics: not only ideas, but practices, the material implementation of politics. How does one debate, vote, or demonstrate? What is political representation? How does one “start” a political party, and run it? All the political engineering, of the 19th century, the period of the birth of modern politics, has been the result of an intense circulation of exiles, which, along with bringing in new ideas, borrowed new ways of “making politics”. This is what this book contemplates through a wide range of examples showing how exile turned out to be, during the century of the revolutions, the laboratory of a new political grammar and of political practices resulting in the cross-fertilization between host countries and exiled communities.


Catherine Brice is professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Centre de Recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC)



Catherine Brice (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Centre de Recherche en histoire européenne comparée (CRHEC))

1 : Global Repertoires of Collective Action in Exile

Christos Aliprantis (European University Institute, Florence) : Foreign Political Refugees, Bureaucratic Controls and Cultures of Surveillance in the Kingdom of Greece, 1833 – 1862

Elena Bacchin (Università degli Studi di Padova) : Britain as a Setting for the Political Apprenticeship of Italian Exiles : The case of Aurelio Saffi .

2: Speaking Out and Conspiring

Camille Creyghton (Utrecht University): Claiming the Right to Speak: The Use of Toasts, Addresses and Other Forms of Public Speech in Exile Politics, London and Paris, 1830 – 1848

Romy Sanchez (CNRS, France): Specific Ways of Speaking Out from Exile :

The Case of Cuban Separatists Abroad, 1840 – 1880

Ignazio Veca (Università di Pisa): Preaching in Exile: Three Cases of Oratory as Political Practice in the Italian Diaspora

Paolo Conte (Researcher at University of Basilicata): An anti-French conspiracy among Neapolitan Exiles in Paris during the Consulate: Prince Pignatelli’s attempt to “Deliver the Kingdom of Naples to the English Government”

3: Organizations

Edward Blumenthal, (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3): Publishing, Professionalization and the Practice of Exile in Chile

Alexandre Dupont (Université de Strasbourg): The Political Structures of Carlism in Exile (1870s)

Ignacio Garcia de Paso (European University Institute, Florence): The Iberian Democratic Club: Exile, Nation and Republicanism in 1848

Francesco Pongiluppi (La Sapienza University of Rome): The Foundation of the Italian Worker Mutual Aid Society in Constantinople: Exile and transnational mutualism

4: Political Cultures in Exile

Pierre-Marie Delpu (Casa de Velázquez – Ecole des Hautes Etudes

Hispaniques et Ibériques): Exporting the Cult of Martyrs to Lands of Exile: The communities of banished Italians in France and Piedmont-Sardinia in the early 1850s

Heléna Tóth (Bamberg University): The Radial Avenue: Gyula Andrássy and the Politics of Architecture

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