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Radical Populism, Urban Space, and the Tactics of Subversion in Reform-Era Russia
“Christopher Ely has written a timely, cogent, and compelling analysis of political terrorism as it emerged and took shape in Russia at the end of the 1870s. This study is full of valuable insights into the nature of urban life in the two decades after the serf emancipation of 1861 and forces the reader to reconsider the reasons for the embrace of terror tactics by one wing of the Russian revolutionary movement.” —Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College
"This work contributes much to the history of Russia, Russian radicalism, and terrorism with a fresh perspective that presents the physical space in St. Petersburg, Russia, in a new light." —CHOICE
"A scintillating, well-written examination of the early Populist experience." —The Russian Review
Although the radical populist movement that arose in Russia during the reign of Tsar Alexander II has been well documented, this important study opens with questions that haven't yet been addressed: How did Russian radical populists manage to carry out a three-year campaign of revolutionary violence, killing or wounding scores of people, including top government officials, and eventually taking the life of the tsar himself? And how did this all occur under the noses of the tsar’s political police, who deployed vast resources and huge numbers of officials in an exhaustive effort to stop the killing?
October 2016, 324 pp., 4 illus., 6x9
Christopher Ely is associate professor of history at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of This Meager Nature: Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia and coeditor of Space, Place, and Power in Modern Russia, both published by NIU Press.
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