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The Tsarist Secret Police Abroad

Policing Europe in a Modernising World


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Turmoil, Émigrés and the Development of Political Policing in Western Europe

  3. The Foreign Agentura: the Russian Secret Police Abroad

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-277

About this book


In 1883, the Russian police established the Foreign Agentura in Paris. The bureau's brief: to forewarn Tsardom of terrorist plans and, if possible, to defuse acts of terrorism against high personages by revolutionaries operating under European sanctuary. As the revolutionary emigration expanded, the Foreign Agentura reacted by spreading its tentacles across Europe and England. With the help of their European colleagues, the Tsar's agents tackled and drove back this terrorist force, proving themselves invaluable in the evolution of political policing.


England Europe exile migration revolution Russia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AdelaideAustralia

About the authors

FREDERIC S. ZUCKERMAN is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Adelaide. He has written several articles on the history of late imperial Russia and is the author of the groundbreaking study of the Russian political police system entitled, The Tsarist Police in Russian Society, 1880-1917.

Bibliographic information


'This is an important work of original scholarship.' - Charles King, Georgetown University, USA