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Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and its Legacy in Vorkuta by Alan Barenberg
  

Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and its Legacy in Vorkuta

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Offers a reassessment of the infamous Gulag Archipelago by exploring the history of Vorkuta, an arctic coal-mining outpost originally established in the 1930s as a prison camp complex. This study makes an important historical contribution to our understanding of forced labour in the Soviet Union and its enduring legacy.

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Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and its Legacy in Vorkuta by Alan Barenberg

This insightful volume offers a radical reassessment of the infamous Gulag Archipelago by exploring the history of Vorkuta, an arctic coal-mining outpost originally established in the 1930s as a prison camp complex. Author Alan Barenberg's eye-opening study reveals Vorkuta as an active urban centre with a substantial nonprisoner population where the borders separating camp and city were contested and permeable, enabling prisoners to establish social connections that would eventually aid them in their transitions to civilian life. With this book, Barenberg makes an important historical contribution to our understanding of forced labour in the Soviet Union and its enduring legacy.

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Gulag Town is a pioneering work of history, offering a major new reconceptualization of the Gulag. The story of the development of Vorkuta, a major Stalinist company town and site of forced labor, serves to re-integrate the history of the Gulag into the history of the Soviet Union, demonstrating the complex symbiosis between Stalinist repression and Soviet internal colonization. --Lynne Viola, author of The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin's Special Settlements -- Lynne Viola A gripping and highly readable account of the rise and decline of Vorkuta, a cold, isolated Gulag town where forced labourers were sent to live and die alongside guards, administrators, and former prisoners. - Mark Harrison, editor of Guns and Rubles: the Defense Industry in the Stalinist State -- Mark Harrison In this fascinating book Alan Barenberg explores the myriad personal and economic links that tied the labor camp complex of Vorkuta to the emerging civilian mining town, and he shows how, after Stalin, the town was able to draw on its camp legacy by offering an important space for former inmates to be reabsorbed into Soviet society. - Yoram Gorlizki, University of Manchester -- Yoram Gorlizki Honorable Mention, Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences, Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, 2015. -- Wayne S. Vucinich AASSSE Winner of the 2015 Canadian Association of Slavists
Taylor and Francis Book Prize, given by the Canadian Association of Slavists

. -- Taylor and Francis Book Prize Canadian Association of Slavists Barenberg has produced a fascinating study of a Gulag town, Vorkuta, in which he analyzes the connection between the prison and nonprisoner populations during the 1930s and beyond. -Choice Choice


About the Author

Alan Barenberg is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th August 2014

Author

Alan Barenberg

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Publisher

Yale University Press

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

History
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European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Penology & punishment

ISBN

9780300179446

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