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

Paperback | 1995 | $75.00 | £62.95 | ISBN: 9780691025490
388 pp. | 7 3/4 x 10 | 22 halftones
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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.


"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

"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


"[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

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Revolutionary Terrorism in the Empire: Background, Extent, and Impact 11
Ch. 2 The Party of Socialists - Revolutionaries and Terror 45
Ch. 3 The Social Democrats and Terror 84
Ch. 4 Terrorists of a New Type: The Anarchists and the Obscure Extremist Groups 123
Ch. 5 The "Seamy Side" of the Revolution: The Criminal Element, the Psychologically Unbalanced,
and Juveniles 154
Ch. 6 The United Front: Interparty Connections and Cooperation 181
Ch. 7 The Kadets and Terror 207
Ch. 8 The End of Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia 223
Epilogue 249
Notes 257
Bibliography 357
Index 367

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