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Angel of Vengeance The Girl Who Shot the Governor of St. Petersburg and Sparked the Age of Assassination

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Angel of Vengeance The Girl Who Shot the Governor of St. Petersburg and Sparked the Age of Assassination by Siljak, Ana, 9780312364014
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  • ISBN: 9780312364014 | 0312364016
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/8/2009
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In the winter of 1878, Vera Zasulich shot the governor of St. Petersburg for his brutal treatment of a political prisoner. Her trial became Russia┐s first ┐trial of the century┐ as the courtrooms filled with the cream of society. Vera was a celebrated martyr to all Russian social classes and a public face of the growing revolutionary fervour. Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Bakunin all wrote in her support. Her astonishing acquittal was cheered, marking the changing face of Russia. Vera became Russia┐s most famous ┐terroristka,┐ inspiring a generation of revolutionaries to embrace violence and martyrdom, culminating in the assassination of Alexander II. In the story of Russia┐s most infamous terrorist, Ana Siljak captures Vera┐s extraordinary life story┐from privileged nobility to revolutionary conspirator to assassin and then saint┐all while offering a vivid window into the fiery political upheaval of Russia.

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