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The Watchful State
Security Police and Opposition in Russia, 1906–1917
Jonathan W. Daly
"Based on impressive archival research, an informed reading of memoirs and published documents and an intelligent use of the many recent publications, particularly from Russia, on the subject."—American Historical Review
"A splendid work by a mature scholar in command of his field, The Watchful State is a significant contribution to the study of the Russian secret police and to the broader field of Russian institutional history."—Richard Robbins, University of New Mexico
"Well written ... painstakingly accurate about administrative details [and] full of the drama of its time. A pleasure to read."—Journal of Modern History
Why did the imperial Russian government fail to prevent revolution in 1917? Were its security policies flawed? This broadly researched study of Russia's security police investigates the government's efforts to maintain order as it struggled against political opposition and threats of violence during the last decade before the Revolution. Historian Jonathan Daly brings to life the men who, often with reformist intentions, took on the task of defending Russia against political dissent and revolution from within.
(2004) 334 pp.
Jonathan W. Daly is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of Autocracy under Siege: Security Police and Opposition in Russia, 1866–1905.
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