Against Their Wil
The History and Geography of Forced Migrations in the USSR
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Central European University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Table of Contents
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List of Figures
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Foreword to the English Edition
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There is no established terminology in the selected area. This is the reason why corresponding basic and key notions should be defined in the first place (original Russian terms follow in italics). Forced migrations denote resettlement [pereseleniye] by the state of large numbers of people, either its own citizens or foreigners, using ...
Forced Migrations:Prehistory and Classification
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World history has seen many examples of “deportations” and “forced migrations.” It will suffice to recall a succession of events describe depisodes from the life of Jews “resettled” in Egypt, Babylon, and other countries of the Old-Testament Diaspora....
PART I FORCED MIGRATIONS WITHIN THE USSR
Forced Migrations before the Second World War(1919–1939)
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There is a widely shared view that it was not before the 1930s that the Soviet authorities took up such measures as deportations. In reality, however, the very first years of the Soviet rule, while the Civil War was still in full swing, featured these harrowing and extreme practices....
Forced Migrations during and after the Second World War (1939–1953)
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It is widely accepted that 1 September 1939, the day when Germany attacked Poland from the west, was the first day of the Second World War. By attacking Poland in the east on 17 September, the Soviet Union entered the war as well....
Patterns of Deported Peoples’ Settlement, and Rehabilitation Process
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A prevalent majority of deportees were ascribed the status of “special resettlers,”which implied their strict administrative subjection to the network of so-called special komendaturas in their new places of residence. In April 1949 the number of the komendaturas numbered...
PART II INTERNATIONAL FORCED MIGRATIONS
Internment and Deportation of German Civilians from European Countries to the USSR
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It is a well-known fact that—apart from millions of German POWs—German civilians from both the Third Reich and territories that had never belonged to it worked on the territory of the USSR.Their actual status and the ways their labor was used reveal many common features with those typical of POWs,and yet there are certain related...
Employment of Labor of German Civilians from European Countries in the USSR, and Their Repatriation
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The geographical pattern of the internees’ destinations is remarkable. As we can see, the State Defense Committee kept their word: most of the internees—over 3/4—were transported to the Donbass and adjacent metal-production areas in southern Ukraine (see table 15 and...
In Lieu of a Conclusion: Geo-demographic Scale and Repercussions of Forced Migrations in the USSR
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Forced migrations were practiced in the USSR starting from 1919– 1920 until 1952–1953, i.e., during one-third of a century and nearly half of the period of the existence of the Soviet Union, which thus won it the dubious position of becoming the world’s leader in the...
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The book by Pavel Polian, Against Their Will, is the first systematic research of mass forced migrations in the USSR. The multi-million-strong movement of human mass over the entire territory of the USSR constituted an inseparable part of the 70- year-long economic, social and political history of the country....
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Glossary of RussianTerms
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Index of Personal Names
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Index of Geographical Names
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Page Count: 441
Publication Year: 2003