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Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia (Praeger Security International) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0275997526 ISBN-10: 0275997529

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  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275997529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275997526
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Is the first book to seek to establish a typology of terrorist activity over the past 100 years based on a one-country model, analyzed as a representative case study

• Shows that terrorists' motives are not always consistent with their political ideologies and that the one thing all modern terrorists seem to have in common is a love of death

• Features a unique intercultural and interdisciplinary psycho-historical approach to the understanding of modern terrorism

• Examines precedents comparatively, allowing for the first scholarly speculation about patterns of terrorists' behavior as state leaders



• Offers data based on extensive archival and primary research

• Includes citations from numerous original sources found in Russian, American, European, and Israeli depositories

• Provides a comprehensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources



"…a striking counterweight to today's dominant scholarly understanding of terrorism as a rational act. Her argument is exhaustively documented, and Geifman writes with clarity and verve…"

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"This is a wide-ranging insight into terrorism, the bane of modern life. It analyzes the psychology of terrorists in Russia, where this scourge began, as well as Palestine, Chechnia and elsewhere to bring out the common mind-sets of people perpetrating this kind of criminal activity. As such it is of great value to anyone concerned with the massive and often indiscriminate assaults on human life that have become a feature of modern life."

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Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Harvard University

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The book deals with terrorism , and provides an astute explanation for its source.
Constantine Lerner
This should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand today's geo-political challenges, uninfluenced by the opium of political correctness.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Woolf
They are prisoners who are eternally doomed to sink even deeper into it's coils - and whose every future move will reflect it's evil dictates .
Mark Sopher

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jesse W. Collins on December 19, 2010
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Nobody. I mean NOBODY touches this woman's work on terrorism!

Aside from the entire book's being extraordinarily well developed, chapter 7 details the systemic or socio-cultural hysterical intellectual response to trauma created by terrorism better than any writer to date that I've had the good fortune to read. I have been a researcher, writer and manager in the field of trauma for thirty-five years. Death Orders is an interpretive must for those considering themselves terrorism experts, or better yet leaders and other managers of consensually run populations.

Magnificent scholarly work that throws the widest intellectual loop around the thoughts, mind constructs, ideologies, factual histories, epistemologies and methodologies of the predator class! Thanks, Dr. Geifman, for giving it to us.

Jesse W. Collins II
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jeffrey R. Woolf on August 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Anna Geifman presents the reader with a thought provoking, cogent, gripping and sobering analysis of contemporary Islamic terrorism. A world famous expert in pre-Revolutionary Russian Terrorism, Geifman demonstrates the striking phenomenological similarities (verging on identity) between the terrorists of that by-gone era and the scourge of contemporary Islamic jihadism.

The effort is not only cogent and convincing, it is a courageous tour de force that demands that the reader learn the lessons of history in order to secure the stability and security of today's world. This should be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand today's geo-political challenges, uninfluenced by the opium of political correctness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This study reveals the close correspondences between terrorism in Tsarist Russia in the early 20th century and the contemporary Jihad. The author takes a psycho-historical approach to the phenomenon to demonstrate how the violence in Russia serves as a blueprint for contemporary terror. From 1901 to 1917 more than 20,000 terrorist acts resulted in about 17,000 wounded or dead in Russia. Starting out as targeted assassinations, these killings by a wide array of anarchists and radical socialists soon became indiscriminate. The value of human life evaporated.

Applying Robert Lifton's paradigm of dislocation, Geifman shows that the whole framework of values, meanings, standards and ties that maintain cultural and psychosocial cohesion collapsed in late Tsarist Russia. All cultures are however, vulnerable to such dislocation which is a precondition for terrorism. Alienated from their roots, Islamic terrorists attempt to annihilate the world in which they feel displaced.

A startling revelation is that the stated ideology, political motive or dogma is not the driving force - death worship is. The killers were attracted to a bewildering array of political cults, some of which openly declared that murder was more important than ideology. Geifman also casts light on the reason why revolutions devour their children. Should the murderers gain power as the Bolsheviks did in Russia in 1917, a terror state is the result and the killing proceeds on a much larger scale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boris Laikhtman on July 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book describes a wild outburst of terrorism mainly in Russia at the beginning of XX century
and the post Soviet years, and during the last 50 years in the Middle East, Europe and
Indonesia. The author makes a thorough analysis of terrorism based on a lot of
factual data of terrorist activity in different places and different time. The
most important for me seem general characteristics of terrorist activity that
resulted from this analysis. They are the following:

1. A rise of terrorist activity usually results from strong social
changes uprooting a significant portion of the population that cannot adjust
itself to the changing environment. In the beginning of XX century Russia it was
a fast growth of urban population resulted from social stratification in
agriculture. In contemporary Muslim world it is modern ways of life that destroy
traditional tribal society. People who are lost in the new environment are an
easy prey for extremists recruiting new members for their organizations.
2. Targets of terrorists are not individuals. Quite often they are
state officials or representatives of a class or a social group independently on
their specific personal or business qualities. In many cases the target of
terror is a general public that is considered as a tool to affect the population
and the government.
3. The overwhelming majority of terror act
executioners have a very weak if any understanding of the political
purposes declared by them and their leaders. Quite often their activity goes
against the declared goals.
In many cases different terrorist groups join their effort for practical
purposes forgetting their ideological differences.
4.
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