Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia

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Overview

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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"…a striking counterweight to today's dominant scholarly understanding of terrorism as a rational act. Her argument is exhaustively documented, and Geifman writes with clarity and verve…"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275997526
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/20/2010
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    A must for anyone seriously interested in the history of modern terrorism

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