Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility
by Jacob Shell Author
During World War I, German soldiers shot down carrier pigeons for fear the birds were carrying enemy communiqués; in the Americas, mules were used for smuggling and secret travel in mountainous areas; in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the British feared that supplies for anti-imperialist rebellion were being transported by canal. Many political regimes have historically associated certain modes of transportation with revolt or with subversive activities—and have responded by acting to destroy or curtail those modes of transportation. This fascinating, somewhat academic history is a cool read for transportation nerds as well as anarchists looking for strategic counsel.
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