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1. Genesis and spread

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 obstacl…

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Reichardt, Rolf, “Barricade”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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