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Bread and JusticeState and Society in Petrograd 1917-1922$
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Mary McAuley

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198219828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198219828.001.0001

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Coercion and Crime

Coercion and Crime

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Bread and Justice

Mary McAuley

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The Bolshevik aim was a society which would have no need of a standing army, no interest in war, and one where a people's militia, in which all would participate on a rotating basis, would patrol the orderly streets. But with soldier, speculator, and criminal all threatening the Bolsheviks' attempt to establish their authority, and the growing threat of civil war, such aims were relegated to the future. In their place came the determination to impose order by armed force and the politicization of law enforcement.

Keywords:   civil war, armed forces, law enforcement, standing army, people's militia, Petrograd

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