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Author Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi, 1941- author.

Title Crime and punishment in the Russian revolution : mob justice and police in Petrograd / Tsuyoshi Hasegawa
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (351 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction -- Prelude to revolution -- Crime on the rise -- Why did the crime rate shoot up? -- Militias rise and fall -- An epidemic of mob justice -- Crime after the Bolshevik takeover -- The Bolsheviks and the militia -- Conclusion
Summary "In a new perspective on the Russian Revolution, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa examines in detail the convulsions of the revolutionary year from March 1917 to March 1918 through the lens of violent crime, police behavior, and the responses of ordinary people in the capital city, St. Petersburg. A frightening rise in crime, especially violent crime, threatened the daily life of ordinary citizens. They often took the law into their own hands, and frequently resorted to mob justice, a reflection of the breakdown of the social fabric as well as the psychological state of people uneasy about or threatened by the changes going on around them. Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution examines how the new police power created under the Provisional Government broke down, the nature of the crimes threatening the city, and how people reacted. It then explores how violent crime continued to rise under the Bolshevik regime, and what the Bolsheviks did to control upheaval in the streets. The result is a new way of looking at the nature of Bolshevik power after the October Revolution. The violent explosion of drunken pogroms in November and December 1917 greatly shocked the Bolshevik leadership. Unlike previous works that treat them as a minor episode, this book considers the drunken pogroms the crucial turning point of the Bolsheviks' policy on the maintenance of law and order. The Bolshevik leadership reconstituted the police as a strongly centralized force with power over the local forces and militias, establishing a top-down pattern of control that would continue, even intensify, when the capital was moved to Moscow"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes 20-CRI02
Print version record
Subject Crime -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg -- History -- 20th century
Law enforcement -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg -- History -- 20th century
Police -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology.
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Law enforcement.
Februarrevolution 1917
Öffentliche Ordnung
SUBJECT Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921.
Russia (Federation) -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921.
Subject Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Sankt Petersburg
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674981775