New PDF release: Against Their Will: The History and Geography of Forced

By Pavel Polian

ISBN-10: 0585491917

ISBN-13: 9780585491912

ISBN-10: 9639241687

ISBN-13: 9789639241688

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In the course of his reign over the previous Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin oversaw the pressured resettlement of six million humans – a maniacal ardour that he used for social engineering. The Soviets weren't the 1st to thrust resettlement on its inhabitants – an incredible attribute of totalitarian structures – yet by way of sheer numbers, applied sciences used to deport humans and the lawlessness which followed it, Stalin’s procedure used to be the main amazing. Six million humans of other social, ethnic, and professions have been resettled sooner than Stalin’s demise. Even this day, the aftermath of such deportations principally predetermines occasions which happen within the northern Caucasus, Crimea, the Baltic republics, Moldavia, and western Ukraine.

Polian’s quantity is the 1st try and comprehensively research the background of compelled and semi-voluntary inhabitants activities inside or prepared via the Soviet Union. Contents variety from the early Nineteen Twenties to the rehabilitation of repressed nationalities within the Nineties, facing inner (kulaks, ethnic and political deportations) and foreign compelled migrations (German internees and occupied territories).

An abundance of proof, figures, tables, maps, and an exhaustively-detailed annex will function vital resources for additional researches.

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Plokhotnik, N. Pobol, A. Roginsky, and others. Besides, substantial valuable advice, comments and information came from foreign colleagues: S. Debski (Kraków), G. Klein (Freiburg), G. Superfin (Bremen), F. Ther (Berlin), P. Holquist (Ithaca, USA), P. Gatrell and N. Baron (Manchester), and others. Memorial Society members and experts of the State Archives of the Russian Federation A. Eisfeld (Göttingen) and A. Nikolsky (Moscow) provided significant help in selecting illustrations. Most sincere gratitude and appreciation are addressed to all these people.

At least 500 thousand persons were displaced from their homelands and became refugees. 33 One of the most gruesome episodes of “ethnic cleansing” in world history occurred in Turkey in 1915, when a massive massacre of Armenians took place accompanied by the flight of escapees abroad, in particular to Soviet Armenia. The Greek–Turkish Treaty on population exchange of 30 January 1923 and the Lausanne Treaty of 23 July 1923 stipulated an exchange of citizens unprecedented in its scale. 2 million Greeks were deported in their 28 AGAINST THEIR WILL turn.

Merely in the USSR some 15 million people fell into the category of “forced migrants,” including those deported by Germany to its territory. , the USA). Undoubtedly it was primarily Germany that was able to rival the USSR when it came to forced migrations. And in the case of Nazi Germany it was the ethnic criteria that played the foremost role in corresponding practices. The two peoples that received singular and most careful attention on the part of the Nazis were Germans and Jews. As far as the German population residing outside the Third Reich (so-called Volksdeutsche) was concerned, the Hitler state developed—and consistently implemented—resettlement projects, that were far-reaching and impressive in scope.

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