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Gulag - Anne Applebaum

This book uncovers for the first time in detail one of the greatest horrors of the twentieth century: the vast system of Soviet camps that were respon...

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ProThorough, Informative, Interesting

ConsHard to follow, some russian knowledge required

A very challenging book not for the faint hearted. I am an avid reader of similar books, (prison accounts, WWII Camps) and rushed out to buy as soon as available. I noticed after only a couple of chapters that i was having to look back and cross reference facts and figures , due to the sheer...

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Applebaum's book: Gulag: A History, is a book covering the entire Soviet development of these concentration camps and follows the effect on the Soviet citizens that were under Stalin's Terror. Applebaum has an entertaining style of writing and utilizes many private memoirs to support her views...

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This book uncovers for the first time in detail one of the greatest horrors of the twentieth century: the vast system of Soviet camps that were responsible for the deaths of countless millions. Gulag is the only major history in any language to draw together the mass of memoirs and writings on the Soviet camps that have been published in Russia and the West. Using these as well as her own original research in NKVD archives and interviews with survivors Anne Applebaum has written a fully documented history of the camp system: from its origins under the tsars to its colossal expansion under Stalin?s reign of terror its zenith in the late 1940s and eventual collapse in the era of glasnost. It is a gigantic feat of investigation synthesis and moral reckoning. Gulag shows how the massive camp network which eventually stretched across all of the Soviet Union?s twelve time zones and saw some eighteen million people pass through it became a country within a country: a separate civilization with its own laws customs literature folklore slang and morality.Anne Applebaum reveals how life was lived within this shadow country: how prisoners laboured (often mutilating or infecting themselves to avoid work) how they ate where they slept how they died how they survived. She examines their guards and their gaolers the horrors of transportation in cattle cars the nature of Soviet arrests and trials the impact of the Second World War and the escapes as well as the extraordinary series of rebellions that took place in the 1940s and 1950s. Applebaum concludes by examining why the Gulag has remained relatively obscure in the historical memory of both the former Soviet Union and the West ? and argues that our grasp of twentieth-century history will be incomplete unless we come to terms with it.

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EAN: 9780140283105

Type: Non-Fiction

Genre: History

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Title: Gulag, Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps

Author: Anne Applebaum

ISBN: 0140283102, 0140283102; 0713993227

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