Unknown Gulag The Lost World of Stalin's Special Settlements

ISBN-10: 0195385098

ISBN-13: 9780195385090

Edition: 2009

Authors: Lynne Viola

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One of Stalin's most heinous acts was the ruthless repression of millions of peasants in the early 1930s, an act that established the very foundations of the gulag. Solzhenitsyn barely touched upon this brutal episode in his magisterial Gulag Archipelago and subsequent writers passed over the subject in silence. Now, with the opening of Soviet archives, an entirely new dimension of Stalin's brutality has been uncovered. The Unknown Gulag is the first book in English toexplore this untold story. Historian Lynne Viola reveals how, in one of the most egregious episodes of Soviet repression, Stalin drove two million peasants into internal exile, to work as forced laborers. The book shows how entire families were callously thrown out of their homes, banished from their villages, and sent to the icy hinterlands of the Soviet Union, where in the course of a decade, almost a half million would die as a result of disease, starvation, or exhaustion. Drawing on pioneering research in thepreviously closed archives of the central and provincial Communist Party, the Soviet state, and the secret police, Viola documents the history of this tragic episode. She delves into what long remained an entirely hidden world within the gulag, throwing new light on Stalin's consolidation of power, the riseof the secret police as a state within the state, and the complex workings of the Soviet system. But first and foremost, she movingly captures the day-to-day life of Stalin's first victims, telling the stories of the peasant families who experienced one of the twentieth century's most horrific instances of mass repression. A compelling story of human suffering and survival in Stalin's Soviet Union, here is a new chapter in the history of the gulag, virtually hidden from sight until now.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Map
Chronology
Technical Note
Glossary
Introduction: The Other Archipelago
The Destruction of the Kulaks
The Preemptive Strike: The Liquidation of the Kulak as a Class
Banishment: The Deportation of the Kulaks
No Pretensions to Reality: Forced Labor and the Bergavinov Commission
Pencil Points on a Map: Building the Special Settlements
Life and Labor in the Special Settlements
The Penal-Economic Utopia: "Reforging through Labor,"
Flight and Rebellion: The OGPU Takeover
Hunger onto Death: The Famine of 1932/33
The Second Dekulakization: Rehabilitation and Repression
Tearing the Evil from the Root: War, Redemption, and Stigmatization
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Research Note
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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