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Gulag : a history

Author: Anne Applebaum
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian Revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Anne Applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance. Applebaum also examines how life was lived within this shadow country: how prisoners worked, how they ate, where they lived, how they died, how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Applebaum, Anne, 1964-
Gulag.
New York : Doubleday, 2003
(OCoLC)652453216
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Applebaum
ISBN: 0767900561 9780767900560
OCLC Number: 51086337
Description: 677 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Part I : Origins of the Gulag, 1917-1939 --
Bolshevik beginnings ; First camp of the Gulag ; 1929 : the great turning point ; White Sea Canal ; Camps expand ; Great Terror and its aftermath --
Part II : Life and work in the camps --
Arrest ; Prison ; Transport, arrival, selection ; Life in the camps ; Work in the camps ; Punishment and reward ; Guards ; Prisoners ; Women and children ; Dying ; Strategies of survival ; Rebellion and escape --
Part III : Rise and fall of the camp-industrial complex, 1940-1986 --
War begins ; Strangers ; Amnesty--and afterward ; Zenith of the camp-industrial complex ; Death of Stalin ; Zeks' revolution ; Thaw--and release ; Era of the dissidents ; 1980s : smashing statues --
Epilogue : Memory --
Appendix : How many?
Responsibility: Anne Applebaum.
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A fully documented history of the Soviet camp system, from its origins in the Russian Revolution to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Anne Applebaum first lays out the chronological history of the camps and the logic behind their creation, enlargement, and maintenance. Applebaum also examines how life was lived within this shadow country: how prisoners worked, how they ate, where they lived, how they died, how they survived. She examines their guards and their jailers, the horrors of transportation in empty cattle cars, the strange nature of Soviet arrests and trials, the impact of World War II, the relations between different national and religious groups, and the escapes, as well as the extraordinary rebellions that took place in the 1950s. She concludes by examining the disturbing question why the Gulag has remained relatively obscure, in the historical memory of both the former Soviet Union and the West.

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