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ix Acknowledgments It seems like I have been writing this book all my life, or even longer, and so the debt of gratitude I have amassed is understandably enormous. For the sake of argument, let’s begin with Mr. Redding, my sixth grade social studies teacher, who affirmed that “yes” Russia was a European country and acquiesced to my desire to do my final report for our Europe unit on Russia. That was a coup. And then there was my seventh grade English teacher, who did not report me to the FBI for writing a story about a socially conscious terrorist who planted bombs in public restrooms . Times were different then. Skip ahead years to my good fortune in meeting Jessica Stern at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Jessica offered kindness, inspiration, expertise, and research work on her book, The Ultimate Terrorists (2000), which rekindled my interest in terrorism as I embarked on a Ph.D. in Russian literature. Enter the angels of my destiny: professors Monika Greenleaf, Gregory Freidin, and Gabriella Safran in the Slavic Department at Stanford. Each of them contributed in their own way to my intellectual development, and all were models of brilliant writers and original thinkers. Their unflagging support and friendship sustained me during challenging years when it seemed unlikely, at best, that I would finish my doctorate. If they ever doubted, they never showed it. Dan Edelstein also joined, at a x Acknowledgments critical moment, in helping me think about terror/ism in a French revolutionary context, and my very collegial and talented cohort (Anne Eakin-Moss, Amelia Glaser, Luba Golburt, Elif Batuman, Sarah Pankenier-Weld, and Martha Kelley) was a great boon. For my daily bread during these years, I want to acknowledge the support of a Mabelle McLeod Lewis fellowship, a Whiting fellowship, and a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, and for my spiritual bread, I will always treasure the friendship of Gabriella Bockhaus, Andrea Orzoff, and Robin Lyday. Another spin of the Wheel of Fortune landed me at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Galina Rylkova, Alexander Burak, Frank Goodwin, and Galina Wladyka were warm and welcoming colleagues, and Ingrid Kleespies, Conor O’Dwyer, and Michael Gorham were both wonderful colleagues and next-door neighbors! I am especially grateful to Michael, for his ceaseless encouragement, and to Joseph Spillane in History, for leaving no stone unturned in his quest for my hire. In the European History section, Sheryl Kroen, Alice Freifeld, Howard Louthan and Andrea Sterk also shared ideas and made me feel like a valued colleague, rather than a “trailing spouse.” The Russian Department at Dartmouth College plucked me from the swelling ranks of non-tenure track faculty in 2012. I am grateful to Deborah Garretson, John Kopper, Victoria Somoff, Mikhail Gronas, and Alfia Rakova for their warmth, collegiality, and mentorship. The German Department is something of a second home, with Irene Kacandes, Yuliya Komska, and especially Petra and Michael McGillen offering invaluable advice and unstinting friendship. The book that you hold in your hands assumed its current and final form during these years, thanks to Dartmouth’s resources, its impressive undergraduates (including my research assistant, John Howard), and generous writing and research time. I am grateful to those who graciously agreed to read portions of the manuscript, especially to Susan Morrissey, Randall Law, Derek Offord, Randall Poole, Martin Miller, Andrew Chapman, and John Kopper for their insightful and generous comments. The University of Wisconsin Press’s readers, Susan Morrissey and Anthony Anemone, offered thoughtful and judicious suggestions and heartening encouragement . I am also grateful to a third, anonymous reader, who alerted me to how it was possible to read this book. Gwen Walker at University of Wisconsin Press deftly shepherded this book through the review and publication process, asking thoughtful and thought-provoking questions when necessary. Where would I be Acknowledgments xi without editorial assistance? I am grateful to Adam Mehring and Judith Robey of University of Wisconsin Press and to Avram Brown, for his astute editorial assistance. Carla Marolt provided fantastic options for the cover design. The index was prepared by J. Naomi Linzer. An initial version of Part Four Chapter 3 first appeared in The Slavic Review under the title “Remembering ‘The Terrorism:’ Sergei StepniakKravchinsky ’s Underground Russia” (68, no. 4 [2009]: 758–781). There are those who had almost nothing to do with the book, but without whom . . . I’m proud and delighted to have as my lifelong companions my sisters, Lisa and Laura. My in-laws...


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  • Russian literature -- Political aspects.
  • Terrorism -- Russia -- History -- 19th century.
  • Terrorism in literature.
  • Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881 -- Assassination.
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Political and social views.
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