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Gulag: A History

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The Gulag--a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

Chronicles the history of the Soviet concentration camp system from its start after the Russian Revolution to its collapse, discussing its creation and the way of life for those who lived there.

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Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. A graduate of Yale and a Marshall Scholar, she has worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator (London), as the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist, and as a columnist for the on-line magazine Slate, as well as for several British newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Radek Sikorski, and two children.

Table of 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?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426123
Subtitle:
A History
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Applebaum, Anne
Author:
Anne Applebaum
Subject:
History : Europe - Former Soviet Republics
Subject:
History : Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Social Science : Penology
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Former Soviet Republics
Subject:
Former Soviet republics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
Russia-Post Soviet Republics
Subject:
Russia-Soviet Union
Subject:
World History-Russia
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040409
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
736

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 736 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307426123 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Chronicles the history of the Soviet concentration camp system from its start after the Russian Revolution to its collapse, discussing its creation and the way of life for those who lived there.
"Synopsis" by , Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. A graduate of Yale and a Marshall Scholar, she has worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator (London), as the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist, and as a columnist for the on-line magazine Slate, as well as for several British newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Radek Sikorski, and two children.
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