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

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During his reign, Joseph Stalin oversaw the forced resettlement of people by the millions - 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 lawlessness which accompanied it, Stalin's process was the most notable. Six million people of different social, ethnic, and professions were resettled before Stalin's death. Even today, the aftermath of such deportations largely predetermines events which take place in the northern Caucasus, Crimea, the Baltic republics, Moldavia, and western Ukraine. Polian's volume is the first attempt to comprehensively examine the history of forced and semi-voluntary population movements within or organized by the Soviet Union. Contents range from the early 1920s to the rehabilitation of repressed nationalities in the 1990s, dealing with internal (kulaks, ethnic and political deportations) and international forced migrations (German internees and occupied territories). An abundance of facts, figures, tables, maps, and an exhaustively-detailed annex will serve as important sources for further researches.

About the Author

Pavel Polian is senior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and at the NS-Documentation Center in Cologne, Germany. Geographer, historian and philologist, Polian is top authority on forced migrations, forced labor and the prisoners of war during the WWII, as well as Jewish emigration from the USSR.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789639241732
ISBN-10: 9639241733
Publisher: Central European University Press
Publication Date: October 15th, 2003
Pages: 444
Language: English