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Hard labour : the forgotten voices of Latvian migrant 'volunteer' workers

Author: Linda McDowell
Publisher: London : UCL Press ; Portland, Or. : Cavendish Pub., 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Hard Labour the voices of a group of young women who left Latvia in 1944 are captured, telling the story of their flight from the advancing Soviet Army, their difficult journeys across central Europe, their lives as displaced people in Allied camps in Germany and finally their refuge in Britain." "At the centre of Hard Labour are the lives of 25 Latvian women who came to Britain between 1946 and 1949. Their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda McDowell
ISBN: 1844720209 9781844720200
OCLC Number: 57430455
Description: xi, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: looking back to the 1940s and 1950s --
Thinking through gender: theorising migration, memory and identity --
disciplining bodies: exile and involuntary labour --
Life in the camps: from foreign workers to displaced persons --
Becoming EVWs: from displaced persons to economic migrants --
Survival strategies: women's dual roles in post-war Britain --
Place, locality and gendered local cultures / Yearning for 'home': Narratives of belonging and imagined community --
Conclusions: memory, identity and translation.
Responsibility: Linda McDowell.
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"In Hard Labour the voices of a group of young women who left Latvia in 1944 are captured, telling the story of their flight from the advancing Soviet Army, their difficult journeys across central Europe, their lives as displaced people in Allied camps in Germany and finally their refuge in Britain." "At the centre of Hard Labour are the lives of 25 Latvian women who came to Britain between 1946 and 1949. Their memories are placed in the context of recent work in feminist history, illuminating debates about displacement and loss as well as the transformation of women's lives in post-war Britain."--Jacket.

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