The History of the Gulag: From Collectivization to the Great Terror

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Yale University Press, 2004 - History - 418 pages
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The human cost of the Gulag, the Soviet labor camp system in which millions of people were imprisoned between 1920 and 1956, was staggering. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and others after him have written movingly about the Gulag, yet never has there been a thorough historical study of this unique and tragic episode in Soviet history. This groundbreaking book presents the first comprehensive, historically accurate account of the camp system. Russian historian Oleg Khlevniuk has mined the contents of extensive archives, including long-suppressed state and Communist Party documents, to uncover the secrets of the Gulag and how it became a central component of Soviet ideology and social policy.
 

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The Soviet Union's labor camp system, the gulag (Chief Administration for Camps of the OGPU-NKVD) dates from 1920 to 1956; for those who endured its punishments, the acronym became an adjective ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Origins of the Stalinist Gulag
9
Chapter 2 Famine
54
Chapter 3 Stabilization of the System
83
Chapter 4 The Great Terror
140
Chapter 5 Berias Reforms
186
Chapter 6 Mobilization and Repression
236
Chapter 7 The Victims
287
The Price of Terror
328
Brief Biographies
345
List of Selected Camps and Projects of the OGPUNKVD
358
Excerpts from the Criminal Codes of the RSFSR and the Constitution of the USSR
364
Notes
369
Index of Documents
395
General Index
403
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