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The Resource The Soviet Gulag : evidence, interpretation, and comparison, edited by Michael David-Fox

The Soviet Gulag : evidence, interpretation, and comparison, edited by Michael David-Fox

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The Soviet Gulag : evidence, interpretation, and comparison
Title
The Soviet Gulag
Title remainder
evidence, interpretation, and comparison
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edited by Michael David-Fox
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eng
Summary
  • "Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent archival revolution, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's famous "literary investigation" The Gulag Archipelago was the most authoritative overview of the Stalinist system of camps. But modern research is developing a much more thorough and nuanced understanding of the Gulag. There is a greater awareness of the wide variety of camps, many not isolated in far-off Siberia; prisoners often intermingled with local populations. The forced labor system was not completely distinct from the "free" labor of ordinary Soviet citizens, as convicts and non-prisoners often worked side-by-side. Nor was the Gulag unique when viewed in a global historical context. Still, the scale and scope of the Soviet Gulag was unprecedented. Intrinsic to Stalinist modernization, the Gulag was tasked with the construction of massive public works, scientific and engineering projects, and such mundane work as road repairs. Along with the collectivization of agriculture, the Soviet economy (including its military exertions in World War II) was in large part dependent on compulsory labor. The camp system took on an outsized economic significance, and the vast numbers of people taken in by zealous secret police were meant to fulfill material, not just political, goals. While the Soviet system lacked the explicitly dedicated extermination camps of its Nazi counterpart, it did systematically extract work from inmates to the verge of death then cynically "released" them to reduce officially reported mortality rates. In an original turn, the book offers a detailed consideration of the Gulag in the context of the similar camps and systems of internment. Chapters are devoted to the juxtaposition of nineteenth-century British concentration camps in Africa and India, the Tsarist-era system of exile in Siberia, Chinese and North Korean reeducation camps, the post-Soviet penal system in the Russian Federation, and of course the infamous camp system of Nazi Germany. This not only reveals the close relatives, antecedents, and descendants of the Soviet Gulag--it shines a light on a frighteningly widespread feature of late modernity. Overall, The Soviet Gulag offers fascinating new interpretations of the interrelationship and importance of the Gulag to the larger Soviet political and economic system, and how they were in fact parts of the same entity"--
  • "Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent archival revolution, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's famous "literary investigation" The Gulag Archipelago was the most authoritative overview of the Stalinist system of camps. This volume develops a much more thorough and nuanced understanding of the Gulag. It brings a greater awareness of the wide variety of camps, the forced labor system, and the Gulag as viewed in a global historical context, among many other topics. It also offers fascinating new interpretations of the interrelationship and importance of the Gulag to the larger Soviet political and economic system, and how they were in fact, parts of the same entity"--
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1965-
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David-Fox, Michael
Series statement
  • Pitt series in Russian and East European studies
  • Kritika historical studies
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  • GULag NKVD
  • Concentration camps
  • Prisons
  • Political prisoners
  • Forced labor
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
Label
The Soviet Gulag : evidence, interpretation, and comparison, edited by Michael David-Fox
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn951158234
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 434 pages
Isbn
9780822944645
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)951158234
Label
The Soviet Gulag : evidence, interpretation, and comparison, edited by Michael David-Fox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn951158234
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 434 pages
Isbn
9780822944645
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)951158234

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