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Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution

Mob Justice and Police in Petrograd

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674972063

Publication Date: 10/25/2017


368 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

10 halftones, 2 maps, 5 charts, 1 table

Belknap Press


An innovative study that’s about more than its title would suggest. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa shows how the social breakdown that followed the February Revolution triggered a surge in crime that the provisional government could not reverse.—Andrew Stuttaford, The Wall Street Journal

Hasegawa is one of our leading historians of the February Revolution… [He] makes a strong case that the catastrophic social breakdown, most especially the violent crime that pervaded life in Petrograd after the collapse of the monarchy, ‘served as a stepping-stone toward the creation of the pervasive instrument of terror that became an integral part of the Communist dictatorship.’—Joshua Rubenstein, The New York Times Book Review

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa’s Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution offers a street-level analysis of the chaos that engulfed the Russian capital in 1917… The mob in Hasegawa’s account is no mere bit player on the revolutionary stage of 1917 but a primal agent of social transformation.—Daniel Beer, The Times Literary Supplement

Detail[s] meticulously the social history of crime in Petrograd in the months between the February Revolution and the October Revolution, the latter of which would see the rise of the Bolsheviks. Hasegawa’s book is a great reminder of the ways in which revolutionary fervor often betrays its own cause and makes life worse for those caught in the crosswinds… Hasegawa’s book is essential reading.—Jerrod A. Laber, American Conservative

[A] compelling book.—Robert Levgold, Foreign Affairs

This book makes a fundamental contribution to our understanding of the Russian Revolution by revealing the violent, chaotic lived experience of the revolution in the capital city. In a narrative full of colorful characters and stories, Hasegawa gives us a street-level view of the collapse of state authority that cleared the way for the Bolshevik seizure of power.—Eric Lohr, American University

Hasegawa addresses the very important, largely ignored thus far, role of crime and the breakdown of social order and public safety. In doing so he changes the way we think and write about the Russian Revolution, making this one of the more original things I have seen in a very long time.—Rex Wade, George Mason University

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