Freedom and Terror in the Donbas: A Ukrainian-Russian Borderland, 1870s-1990s

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - History - 380 pages
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This book discusses both the freedom of the Ukrainian-Russian borderland of the Donbas and the terror it has suffered because of that freedom. In a detailed panorama the book presents the tumultuous history of this steppe frontier land from its foundation as a modern coal and steel industrial centre to the post-Soviet present. Wild and unmanageable, this haven for fugitives posed a constant political challenge to Moscow and Kiev. In the light of new information gained from years of work in previously closed Soviet archives (including the former KGB archives in the Donbas), the book presents, from a regional perspective, new interpretations of critical events in modern Ukrainian and Russian history: the Russian Revolution, the famine of 1932–3, the Great Terror, World War II, collaboration, the Holocaust, and de-Stalinization.
 

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Contents

Life on the Wild Field
11
Political Development to 1914
35
Labor and Violence
48
War Revolution and Civil War
71
The Inversion of the Old Order
77
Civil War
94
The New Economic Policy
119
Old and New Enemies
137
The Bacchanalia of Terror
215
SelfDefeating Terror
239
The War
251
War and Occupation
259
Alternatives
275
The Postwar Years
297
DeStalinization
308
After Stalin
323

The Famine Crisis
151
The Harvest of Sorrow
166
External Threats and Internal Enemies
174
Who Is the Enemy?
184
The Great Terror
201
Conclusion
335
Sources
341
Index
347
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