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Gulag: A Historyby Anne Applebaum
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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.
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.
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?
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