Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - History - 229 pages

Arguing that Russia is the birthplace of modern terrorism, Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia uses the nation as a case study of psycho-historical patterns of worldwide terrorist activity during the past century. Key features of early-20th century Russian political extremism serve as models for terrorist experiences in other periods and regions as author Anna Geifman builds a typology of a universal phenomenon.

The book shows how, in Russia and elsewhere, terrorists' objectives have degenerated from punishment of individual adversaries and attempts to intimidate political elites to indiscriminate acts of political violence. It shifts attention from ideology to practices that had been previously hidden, ignored, or rationalized, demonstrating that what terrorists say about their motives may not be what actually drives them to brutality. By looking closely at Russian precedents for the general experience of modern political violence, the book helps illuminate many obscure aspects of terrorism today.

 

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Correction and Apology
In my book "Death Orders", on pages 120-121, discussing the reaction of liberal intelligentsia to terrorism, I brought as an example the case of the readmission of a doctoral
candidate to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to continue his doctoral studies, after his release from prison following his conviction for security offenses, and I erroneously wrote that Prof. Goldblum readmitted the doctoral candidate to his lab and associated Prof. Goldblum's actions to his political views. In retrospect it has become clear that the source I relied on in writing this was fully in error in regard to Prof. Goldblum.
As can be seen from the relevant footnote in the book, the above reference was based on an article by Mr. Gil Ronen published on the Israel National News (INN) website which was copied on the website: www.isracampus.org.il.
Since publication of my book, Mr. Gil Ronen and the editors of the INN website have published a correction and apology, which states that the entire contents of the article as concerns Prof Goldblum on which I based that part of my book, were in error, and that Professor Goldblum was not in any way involved in the decision to readmit the doctoral candidate after his release from prison, did not want him readmitted to his lab, was not considered a radical by his colleagues in Peace Now and did not say the things which were attributed to him in the article, some of which were included in my book.
In light of the aforementioned correction, it has become clear that there was no basis for the statements written in my book concerning Professor Amiram Goldblum, in connection with the decision to readmit the doctoral candidate to his lab, regarding his being considered a radical and in regard to the things he was cited as having said, and those statements are not valid.
I apologize to Prof. Goldblum for the statements referring to him which were included in my book and for any damage which it may have caused to his reputation.
- Prof. Anna Geifman
 

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Contents

The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Introduction
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 1 A Birthplace of Modern Terrorism
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 2 The Uniform as Symbolic Target
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 3 Civilians under Fire
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 4 Ideology Abused
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 5 Terrorists as Common Criminals
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 6 Camouflaged Suicide
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 7 A Fatal Attraction
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 8 When Terrorists Become State Leaders
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Chapter 9 The Culture of Death
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Epilogue
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Notes
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Selected Bibliography
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The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia Index
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Anna Geifman, PhD, is professor of history at Boston University and research associate at the University of Bar-Ilan, Israel.

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