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Entangled in terror : the Azef affair and the Russian Revolution
Geifman, Anna, 1962-
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Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, [2000]

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x, 247 pages : portraits ; 24 cm

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DK254.A8 G45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In the winter of 1909, a political bombshell exploded in tsarist Russia. Scandal swept not only the empire but the entire world with the exposure of the secret life of one man. Newspaper headlines introduced him as a twentieth-century Judas.

Author Notes

Anna Geifman is associate professor of history at Boston University.

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Choice Review

Geifman (Boston Univ.) reassesses the career of Evno Azef on the basis of archival material. Azef was no "provocateur" who inveigled revolutionaries into assassinations that also pleased his vengeful official paymasters. This fantastic scenario, which helped to blacken the reputation of the government, is thoroughly countered by the author. Azef was a government spy who, with police encouragement, maneuvered himself into a major role in the Socialist Revolutionary Party as liaison to the leadership of the Party Combat Organization. He did not initiate and actually averted many assassinations by informing the police in advance. The book is very useful despite Geifman's obvious distaste for both Azef and his enemies. Geifman's analysis of Azef's "anxieties" seems superfluous; her contempt for his lack of "idealism" and desire to escape poverty is apparent. Still, she does acknowledge that Azef's practicality and ability to improvise won the admiration of his revolutionary comrades. Her portrait of the lives of the revolutionaries makes clear the lies, blackmail, and dishonesty that were everyday features of their existence. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Balmuth; Skidmore College

Table of Contents

Note on Names and Datesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 A Frightened Childp. 11
2 Yet Another Way to Sell Your Soulp. 31
3 Terrorist-Neophyte, 1902-1905p. 51
4 Terrorist-Virtuoso, 1905-1908p. 85
5 The Exposurep. 105
6 The Public Scandal: Looking for the Guilty Headp. 123
7 Fugitive Incognitop. 143
Epiloguep. 167
Abbreviations Used in Notesp. 183
Notesp. 185
Selected Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 241