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The Suffragette Bombers (ePub)

Britain's Forgotten Terrorists

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History Women of History

By Simon Webb
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 7.4 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 16 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781473838437
Published: 2nd July 2014


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Star review!

'Suffragettes did commit terrorist acts', writes Simon Webb in The Guardian

'A clearly-written easy read, and contains some fascinating illustrations. I recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the subject.'

– As reviewed by Peter Hitchens's Mail On Sunday blog. Read the review in full via the Mail Online

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In the years leading up to the First World War, the United Kingdom was subjected to a ferocious campaign of bombing and arson. Those conducting this terrorist offensive were members of the Women's Social and Political Union; better known as the suffragettes.

The targets for their attacks ranged from St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England in London to theatres and churches in Ireland. The violence, which included several attempted assassinations, culminated in June 1914 with an explosion in Westminster Abbey.

Simon Webb explores the way in which the suffragette bombers have been airbrushed from history, leaving us with a distorted view of the struggle for female suffrage. Not only were the suffragettes far more aggressive than is generally known, but there exists the very real and surprising possibility that their militant activities actually delayed, rather than hastened, the granting of the parliamentary vote to British women.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a really unique read, I enjoyed learning about the Bombers in Britain. It was really well written and felt like this was something that I hadn't heard of before.

NetGalley, Kay McLeer

The Suffragette Bombers by Simon Webb – Britain’s Forgotten Terrorists – is a book on a controversial topic. It’s not the first book by Webb in which he tackles the idea of the link between women’s suffrage and the militant actions of the suffragettes, but it is focused on their attacks, which is fascinating. In this book he touches on their views and gives accounts written by the suffragettes themselves, in their books or from their speeches.

5/5 stars

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I found it absorbing and interesting and learnt much about the politics and historical context of the time. Webb writes fluently and persuasively and the book is extremely well researched... This book was very thought provoking and made me think about the Suffragettes through a very different lens - I enjoyed reading it and would recommend to anyone interested in this period.

NetGalley, Angela Robertshaw

Simon Webb artfully interweaves analysis and history in his monograph, The Suffragette Bombers. Through a unique and fresh narrative standpoint, he delves deeper into the Women's Social and Political Union and their terrorist campaign. Suffragette and terrorist are not usually two words I would usually associate with each other, but as Webb argues, they are not mutually exclusive. He further points to connections between this organization to fascism and conservative politics, which was absolutely fascinating and unlike anything I had read before.

I am a history student currently working on a significant thesis project on female Russian terrorists. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because I could make connections to my own work. However, I think Webb's writing is extremely accessible to everyone, not just academics. The language he uses is understandable to anyone regardless of their level of expertise. Furthermore, he writes almost as if he's telling a story, which I found made the monograph flow in a concise, interesting way. Regardless if you've heard of the suffragette bombers or not, for anyone interested in this topic, this book is a great place to start!

NetGalley, Libby Paulson

4 star read- This was an excellent read, Simon Webb really explains about the actions of the radical, Women's Social and Political Union and shows their radicalism. Simon Webb also manages to illustrate the motivations behind the radical action of the suffragettes and he shows how the Womens Social and Political Union was run and the tyrannical rule of Emmeline Pankhurst that led to splits within the Womens Social and Political Union and even led to Pankhurst's daughters opposing her.... he even shows the difference between the suffragettes and the suffragists as well as equal and universal suffrage.

Such an interesting and interesting read im so interested in history so this was a dream i loved this!

NetGalley, Shannon Wadlan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An interesting insight into the suffragettes. Something not usually written about. Engaging, interesting and noteworthy. A good read to enlighten a read about a movement over one hundred years old.

NetGalley, Marianne Malone

The Feminist Fatales: Far from peaceful protesters... how Britain's Suffragettes turned to 'TERRORISM' to win vote by blowing up trains and torching tearooms - amid claims their tactics DELAYED women's rights

Daily Mail Online 05/05/21

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Lil's Vintage World

Webb provides a balanced account of the suffragette bombers, what led to their extremism, and the social context and reception of their actions. Keen to set the record straight, Webb reminds us that many of the suffragettes came from privileged backgrounds and, in fact, had little interest in extending the vote to working-class women.
'The Suffragette Bombers' also examines how the modern near-sanctification of their cause came about, and how suffragette bombers were then forgotten.

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This is a most fascinating book


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 Simon Webb

About Simon Webb

Simon Webb is the author of a number of non-fiction books, ranging from academic works on education to popular history. He works as a consultant on the subject of capital punishment to television companies and filmmakers and also writes for various magazines and newspapers; including the Times Educational SupplementThe Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

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