Thou Shalt Kill: Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia, 1894-1917

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - History - 376 pages
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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.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.
 

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Contents

Revolutionary Terrorism in the Empire Background Extent and Impact
11
The Party of SocialistsRevolutionaries and Terror
45
The Social Democrats and Terror
84
Terrorists of a New Type The Anarchists and the Obscure Extremist Group
123
The Seamy Side of the Revolution The Criminal Element the Psychologically Unbalanced and Juveniles
154
The United Front Interparty Connections and Cooperation
181
The Kadets and Terror
207
The End of Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia
223
EPILOGUE
249
NOTES
257
BIBLIOGRAPHY
357
INDEX
367
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