© 1996

The Tsarist Secret Police in Russian Society, 1880–1917


Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Setting the Stage

  3. Detectives, Secret Agents and Police Chiefs

  4. The Foundations of a Modern Police State? The Political Police and the Russian People, 1902–1904

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Fredric S. Zuckerman
      Pages 100-120
  5. Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Collapse: The Tsarist Political Police and Russian Society, 1904–1917

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-345

About this book


This is the first book to portray the history of the Russian secret police - the so-called 'Okhrana' - its personnel, world view and interaction with both government and people during the reigns of Alexander III and Nicholas II. The secret police harassed, infiltrated and subverted Russian radical and progressive society as it struggled to preserve Tsardom's traditional political culture in the face of Russia's rapid socio-economic transformation - a transformation which the forces of order scarcely understood, yet deeply despised.


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  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia

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