PUBLI : Catherine Brice (dir.), Exile and the Circulation of Political Practices, Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2020


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 (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