Thou shalt kill : revolutionary terrorism in Russia, 1894-1917 /
Anna Geifman.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1993.
xii, 376 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0691087784 (cloth : alk. paper) :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1993.
0691087784 (cloth : alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-365) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Anna Geifman is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University
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"[Geifman] argues effectively that those who practiced individual acts of violence against tsarist officials and the population in general had a much more destructive effect on the imperial regime than has generally been acknowledged in the historical literature."-- James W. Hules, Terrorism and Political Violence
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-02:
Geifman's important revisionist work should prove controversial. It is based on the author's 1990 PhD dissertation. Like her mentor, Richard Pipes of Harvard, Geifman displays little sympathy for Russian terrorists or "liberals" such as the members of the Kadet party who supported terror. And like Pipes, Geifman is not hesitant to make, or to quote with approval, occasional sweeping statements such as this comment on the 1905 revolution: "'human life was cheapened' and soon 'was not worth a penny' to the assassins'." The book is most concerned with the years 1905-07, by which time, Geifman argues, a new type of terrorist had appeared, one more criminal and less moral than his or her predecessors. Separate chapters are devoted to the relationship of different political parties to terrorism and to interparty connections. Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with Geifman's viewpoint, this work offers numerous interesting details and is the first book-length treatment of terrorism under Nicholas II. Endnotes. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate libraries. W. G. Moss; Eastern Michigan University
Review Quotes
"This book makes gripping reading. . . . Geifman's detailed account makes it clear that in fact the wave of terrorism broke out more or less spontaneously, and amounted more to a universal breakdown of law and order than to a 'movement.'"-- Edward Ross Dickinson, New England Slavonic Journal
"Professor Geifman . . . dissects with surgical precision the couple of decades that preceded the Bolshevik seizure of power, a time when a beleaguered tsarist regime groped desperately, and failed to find, some means of defending itself."-- Virginia Quarterly Review
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Main Description
Anna Geifman examines the explosion of terrorist activity that took place in the Russian empire from the years just prior to the turn of the century through 1917, a period when over 17,000 people were killed or wounded by revolutionary extremists. On the basis of new research, she argues that a multitude of assassination attempts, bombings, ideologically motivated robberies, and incidents of armed assault, kidnapping, extortion, and blackmail for party purposes played a primary role in the revolution of 1905 and early twentieth-century Russian political history in general.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Revolutionary Terrorism in the Empire: Background, Extent, and Impactp. 11
The Party of Socialists-Revolutionaries and Terrorp. 45
The Social Democrats and Terrorp. 84
Terrorists of a New Type: The Anarchists and the Obscure Extremist Groupsp. 123
The "Seamy Side" of the Revolution: The Criminal Element, the Psychologically Unbalanced, and Juvenilesp. 154
The United Front: Interparty Connections and Cooperationp. 181
The Kadets and Terrorp. 207
The End of Revolutionary Terrorism in Russiap. 223
Epiloguep. 249
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 367
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