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Rethinking the Gulag

Identities, Sources, Legacies

Edited by Alan Barenberg and Emily D. Johnson

Contributions by Alexander Etkind, Irina Anatolievna Flige, Susan Grunewald, Jeffrey S. Hardy, Mikhail Nakonechnyi, Judith Pallot, Gavin Slade, Lynne Viola, Josephine von Zitzewitz and Sarah J. Young

Published by: Indiana University Press

328 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 12 b&w illus., 9 b&w tables

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  • Paperback
  • 9780253059611
  • Published: March 2022

$35.00

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  • eBook
  • 9780253059598
  • Published: March 2022

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  • Hardcover
  • 9780253059628
  • Published: March 2022

$85.00

The Soviet gulag was one of the largest, most complex, and deadliest systems of incarceration in the 20th century. What lessons can we learn from these labor camps and prisons, which stretch across vast geographical expanses, varieties of institutions, and multiple languages, ethnicities, and social classes?

Drawing on a massive body of documentary evidence, Rethinking the Gulag: Identities, Sources, Legacies explores all aspects of the Soviet penal system across academic fields. Divided into three sections, the collection first considers "identities"—the lived experiences of detainees whose experiences remain understudied. The second section, "sources," explores the ways new research methods can revolutionize our understanding of the system. The third section, "legacies," reveals the aftermath of the gulag, including the folk beliefs and traditions it has inspired and the museums built to memorialize it. While all chapters respond to one another, each section also concludes with a reaction by a leading pundit: geographer Judith Pallot, historian Lynne Viola, and literary scholar Alexander Etkind.

Moving away from grand metaphorical or theoretical models, Rethinking the Gulag instead unearths the complexities and nuances of experience that define the new wave of gulag studies.