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Against Their Will: The History and Geography of Forced Migrations in the USSR

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During his reign over the former Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin oversaw the forced resettlement of six million people - a maniacal passion that he used for social engineering. The Soviets were not the first to thrust resettlement on its population - a major characteristic of totalitarian systems - but in terms of sheer numbers, technologies used to deport people and the lawle ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published October 15th 2003 by Central European University Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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Kraychik
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for those who are interested in Soviet history. Mass population transfer worked in concert with network of Gulag Archipelago, feeding the system with fresh labour. The history of these forced migrations is infinitely more important than, say, the evolution of architectural motifs in St. Petersburg universities during the 40s. The author has put in his time, is honest and competent, and it shows on every page.
Elizabeth Burgess
Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll begin this review with a quote from the afterword - "It seems to me that, all in all, the author managed to produce a book designed for a broad audience, and not merely an academic 'monograph' - although valuable - intended for a relatively narrow circle of experts." For me, this could not seem further from the truth. This book does indeed seem like 'an academic monograph ... intended for a relatively narrow circle of experts.'

I will admit that history was always my worst subject, I typica
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Gabriele Goldstone
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
The cover illustration says it all. Masses of people were shuffled around during the Soviet era like toys. I appreciated all the numbers in this book along with the bibliography. What a lot of research! My parents and other family members belonged to Polian's statistics. This book, however, is also very dry. So while I appreciated the numbers, reflecting the meticulous research, it was a struggle to read. This might also be because it's a translation. However, I'll refer to this book in the futu ...more
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