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Auteur: Khlevniuk, Oleg V.
Titel: The history of the GULAG
Sub titel: From collectivization to the Great Terror

The human cost of the Gulag, the Soviet labour 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, and last year Anne Apllebaum published her `Gulag : A History of the Soviet Camps'. This book from the Russian historian Oleg Khlevniuk presents a historical account of the camp system and 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. Khlevniuk argues persuasively that the Stalinist penal camps created in the 1930s were essentially different from previous camps. He shows that political motivations and paranoia about potential enemies contributed no more to the expansion of the Gulag than the economic incentive of slave labour did. And he offers powerful evidence that the Great Terror was planned centrally and targeted against particular categories of the population.
2004, 448 pag., Euro 39,9
Yale University Press, New Haven/London, ISBN 300092849


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