The Tsarist Secret Police and Russian Society, 1880-1917 by Fredric ZuckermanThe Tsarist Secret Police and Russian Society, 1880-1917 by Fredric Zuckerman

The Tsarist Secret Police and Russian Society, 1880-1917

byFredric Zuckerman

Hardcover | May 1, 1996

Pricing and Purchase Info

$114.92 online 
$117.95 list price
Earn 575 plum® points
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Alexander II's Great Reforms of the early 1860s unleashed hopes among Russians for a true civil society resulting in increased political freedom. An attempt on the Tsar's life in 1866 put an abrupt end to these hopes, trapping Russian political life within a vicious circle of political reaction, growing disillusionment with government, and intensifying political dissent which increasingly manifested itself in acts of terrorism against Tsarist officials.

Fredric S. Zuckerman traces this political upheaval to the creation of the Department of State Police in 1880. This organization, created to combat all forms of political subversion, served as a declaration of war by Tsardom not only against Russia's terrorists, but against enlightened society as a whole. The secret police served as the vanguard of order and state force in this internal war, its tentacles penetrating every corner of Russian life.

The first book to place the entire history of the so-called Okhrana within the context of Late Imperial Russia, The Tsarist Secret Police and Russian Society brings the organization to life, revealing the activities of its detectives, secret agents, and police chiefs, as well as its relations with the Russian people. The secret police, as Zuckerman makes clear, were themselves ultimately victims of the political culture they strove to preserve.

Title:The Tsarist Secret Police and Russian Society, 1880-1917Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1.38 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:NYU Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814796737

ISBN - 13:9780814796733

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

From Our Editors

Alexander II's Great Reforms of the early 1860s unleashed hopes among Russians for a true civil society that would enjoy the benefits of increased political freedom and exclusion from want. Instead, after the attempt on the Tsar's life by D. V. Karakozov in 1866, Russian political life became trapped within a vicious circle of political reaction, growing disillusionment with the government and intensifying political dissent that increasingly manifested itself in acts of terrorism against Tsarist officials. The creation of the Department of State Police in 1880, to combat all forms of political subversion, served as a declaration of war by the Russian government, not only against Russia's terrorists, but also against enlightened society as a whole. The secret police acted as the vanguard of the forces of order in this internal war, its tentacles penetrating every corner of Russian life. Zuckerman's book is the first to place the entire history of the so-called "Okhrana" within the context of the political and social history of late imperial Russia. Indeed, Zuckerma