Paramilitary Violence in Russia's Civil Wars, 1918–1920<sup>1</sup>

William G. Rosenberg

in War in Peace

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654918
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744273 | DOI:

Series: The Greater War

Paramilitary Violence in Russia's Civil Wars, 1918–19201

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This chapter explores the origins, forms and consequences of paramilitary violence in the Russian Civil War. Dealing with a case study of particular brutality and intensity, Rosenberg analyses the various overlapping conflicts that occurred between (and among) Bolsheviks, other militant radicals, anti-Bolsheviks, local nationalists, anarchists, peasants and other groups, and in some places especially between different religious and ethnic groups in the Baltic states, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the ethno-political regions of Central Asia, Siberia, and the Far East.

Keywords: Russian civil war; Bolsheviks; whites; warlords; pogroms

Chapter.  9429 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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