Gulag: A History

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Doubleday, 2003 - History - 677 pages
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A fully documented history of the system of Soviet concentration camps traces the evolution of the gulag from its origins during the Russian Revolution to its final collapse during the era of glasnost, describing their use as forced labor camps, how prisoners lived and died, their cultural and social significance, and more.
 

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Subsequent to Solzhenitsyn's landmark Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Applebaun, former Warsaw correspondent for the Economist and currently on the editorial staff at ... Read full review

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Not the book for everyone. It's long and can get a little dry. But a great book that delves deep into the workings of the gulag and the soviet history.

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Contents

THE ORIGINS OF THE GULAG 19171939
3
LIFE AND WORK IN THE CAMPS
93
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CAMP
114
Lite in the lamps 183
1184
Work in the lamps 216
1216
Punishment and Reward 242
1243
The Guards 256
1256
The Prisoners 280
1280
The Zenith of the amp Industrial Complex
460
The Death of Stalin
476
The Zefy Revolution
484
Thawand Release
506
The Era of the Dissidents
527
The 1980s Smashing Statues
552
Memory
564
How Many?
578

Women and Children 307
1307
The Dying 334
1334
Strategies of Survival 344
1344
The War Begins
411
Strangers
420
Amnestyand Afterward
445

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About the author (2003)

ANNE APPLEBAUM was born in Washington, D.C., received a bachelor’s degree from Yale, and studied at Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, and the London School of Economics on a Marshall scholarship. In 1988, she moved to Poland to work for theEconomist, and a few years later became foreign editor, then deputy editor, of theSpectator. Her work has also appeared in theNew York Review of Books, theWall Street Journal,Slateand other British and American publications. She is the author of one previous book,Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe. After living for more than fifteen years in Europe, she joined the editorial board of theWashington Postin 2002 and now lives in Washington, D.C.

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