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Stalin's World War II Evacuations Triumph and Troubles in Kirov by Larry E. Holmes

Stalin's World War II Evacuations Triumph and Troubles in Kirov

Part of the Modern War Studies Series

RRP £42.50


Stalin's World War II Evacuations Triumph and Troubles in Kirov by Larry E. Holmes

In the face of the German onslaught in World War II, the Soviets succeeded, as Molotov later recalled, in relocating to the rear virtually an entire industrial country. It was an official declared one of the greatest feats of the war. Focusing on the Kirov region, this book offers a different and considerably more nuanced picture of the evacuations than the typical triumphal narrative found in Soviet history. In its depiction of the complexities of the displacement and relocation of populations, Stalin's World War II Evacuations also has remarkable relevance in our time of mass migrations of refugees from war-torn nations.


-An extraordinarily valuable study. It's a great compliment to Manley and Stronski's work on the wartime evacuations to Central Asia; a fine-grained analysis with a clear eye for the power politics involved in evacuation. Its focus on different types of institutions such as factories, offices, schools and orphanages creates a remarkable holistic picture of the evacuation and war years in Kirov with its refugees, hunger, epidemics, deprivation, and incredible grittiness. In addition, Holmes
work is so well researched and so capacious in it subjects, that it easily should go down as one of our finer regional studies. It gives a whole new depth to the tired cliche of

-home front- and an insight to just what the Soviet civilians far from the front endured.---Matthew J. Payne, author of Stalin's Railroad: Turksib and the Building of Socialism

About the Author

Larry E. Holmes is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of many books, including Grand Theater: Regional Governance in Stalin's Russia, 1931-1941 and War, Evacuation, and the Exercise of Power: The Center, Periphery, and Kirov's Pedagogical Institute, 1941-1952.

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Publication date

13th February 2017


Larry E. Holmes

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University Press of Kansas


240 pages


Second World War



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