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Biography of No Place From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland

ISBN-10: 0674019490
ISBN-13: 9780674019492
Edition: 2004
Authors: Kate Brown
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Description: This is a biography of a borderland between Russia and Poland, a region where, in 1925, people identified as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived side by side. Over the next three decades, this mosaic of cultures was modernized and  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This is a biography of a borderland between Russia and Poland, a region where, in 1925, people identified as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived side by side. Over the next three decades, this mosaic of cultures was modernized and homogenized out of existence by the ruling might of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and finally, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. By the 1950s, this "no place" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mix of peoples that defined the region was destroyed. Brown's study is grounded in the life of the village and shtetl, in the personalities and small histories of everyday life in this area. In impressive detail, she documents how these regimes, bureaucratically and then violently, separated, named, and regimented this intricate community into distinct ethnic groups. Drawing on recently opened archives, ethnography, and oral interviews that were unavailable a decade ago, A Biography of No Place reveals Stalinist and Nazi history from the perspective of the remote borderlands, thus bringing the periphery to the center of history. We are given, in short, an intimate portrait of the ethnic purification that has marked all of Europe, as well as a glimpse at the margins of twentieth-century "progress."

Kathryn L. Brown is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Glossary
Introduction
Inventory
Ghosts in the Bathhouse
Moving Pictures
The Power to Name
A Diary of Deportation
The Great Purges and the Rights of Man
Deportee into Colonizer
Racial Hierarchies Epilogue: Shifting Borders, Shifting Identities
Notes
Archival Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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