Entangled Terrorisms in late imperial Russia

Authored by: Martin A. Miller

The Routledge History of Terrorism

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415535779
eBook ISBN: 9781315719061
Adobe ISBN: 9781317514879


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In 1908, at the same time that Russia was engulfed with terrorisms from above and below, the British writer G. K. Chesterton published his novel The Man Who was Thursday. The story concerns a police detective, Gabriel Syme, who poses as an anarchist in order to gain entrance to an underground group in London so as to gather intelligence. In the course of the narrative, he learns that five of the six members of the circle are all police agents spying unwittingly on one another instead of combating the bomb threats of the real anarchists. 1

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