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Beyond Memory The 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatars and Their Repatriation to Their Historical Homeland by Ann Laura Stoler
  

Beyond Memory The 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatars and Their Repatriation to Their Historical Homeland

Part of the Anthropology, History and the Critical Imagination Series

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Beyond Memory The 1944 Deportation of the Crimean Tatars and Their Repatriation to Their Historical Homeland by Ann Laura Stoler

In the early morning hours of May 18, 1944 the Russian army, under orders from Stalin, deported the entire Crimean Tatar population from their historical homeland. Given only fifteen minutes to gather their belongings, they were herded into cattle cars bound for Soviet Central Asia. Although the official Soviet record was cleansed of this affair and the name of their ethnic group was erased from all records and official documents, Crimean Tatars did not assimilate with other groups or disappear. This is an ethnographic study of the negotiation of social memory and the role this had in the growth of a national repatriation movement among the Crimean Tatars. It examines the recollections of the Crimean Tatars, the techniques by which they are produced and transmitted and the formation of a remarkably uniform social memory in light of their dispersion throughout Central Asia. Through the lens of social memory, the book covers not only the deportation and life in the diaspora but the process by which the children and grandchildren of the deportees returned and anchored themselves in the Crimean Peninsula, a place they had never visited.

About the Author

Greta Uehling is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th November 2004

Author

Ann Laura Stoler

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Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
European history
Second World War
Physical anthropology

ISBN

9781403962645

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