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Propaganda of the deed

Propaganda of the Deed or Propagada by Deed is an anarchist doctrine that promotes the decisive action of individuals to inspire further action by others.

As a doctrine-in-practise, its heyday was the period between 1881 and 1901, starting with the assassinations of Russian tzar Alexander and ending with that of United States President William McKinley.

Arguably it was in this period that modern-day international terrorism was born. The invention of dynamite, and its widespread distribution the 19th century, gave enourmous power to anyone able to obtain it.

This newfound power led anarchists, notably Johann Most in his pamphlet The Science of Revolutionary Warfare, to advocate its use to further their cause through assassinations and terrorism.

See also: anarchism and violence

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