Concepts of Policing during the Russian Revolution, 1917-18

Murray Frame (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    The disintegration of the tsarist police system in 1917 presented contemporaries with the challenge of creating an alternative and defining its purpose. This essay suggests that, despite the radical implications of the militia system that appeared, formal ideas about policing were conventional. Even the Bolsheviks, despite conceptualising the militia as ‘the people in arms’, legislated for a civilian police force that was similar to its predecessors, at least in terms of formally defined functions. The essay also suggests that debates about the militia during 1917 and 1918 are better understood within the wider context of pan-European historical
    models of policing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1654-1671
    Number of pages17
    JournalEurope-Asia Studies
    Volume68
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2016

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