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Murder Most RussianTrue Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia$
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Louise McReynolds

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451454

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451454.001.0001

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Russia’s Postrevolutionary Modern Men

Russia’s Postrevolutionary Modern Men

(p.141) Chapter Five Russia’s Postrevolutionary Modern Men
Murder Most Russian

Louise McReynolds

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies Russia's postrevolutionary urban life and politics, and the need to modernize its law enforcement. Rapid and massive urbanization characterized postreform Russia. Two of the era's leading sociologists, Émile Durkheim and Georg Simmel, took up the consequences of social dislocation when modern life cut people adrift from their traditional attachments. Durkheim worried that the resultant anomie contributed to suicide while Simmel argued that its stimulating environment had physiological effects. Meanwhile, the violence during the revolutionary years had exposed the incapacity of the police to protect life and property. As such, members of the board of local self-government voted to increase taxes in order to hire more police in “the battle with terror” in 1905.

Keywords:   postrevolutionary Russia, Russian urban life, law enforcement, urbanization, postreform Russia, Russian Revolution, Russian police

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