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From the beginning, barricades functioned as an extreme tool of popular domestic political opposition to military coercion by the Supreme power. The concept and the name barricade originated in France in the late 16th century. On May 12th, 1588, when the Catholic League prevented the arrest of its leader Charles de Guise in by troops of King Henry III by kettling hostile cavalry between street obstacles made of iron chains, bar…

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Reichardt, Rolf, “Barricade”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017353>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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