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Stalin's Gulag at War

Stalin's Gulag at War

Publisher University of Toronto Press
Year 01/12/2018
Edition First
Pages 280
Version paperback
Readership level College/higher education
Language English
ISBN 9781487523091
Categories European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Second World War, Prisoners of war
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Stalin's Gulag at War places the Gulag within the story of the regional wartime mobilization of Western Siberia during the Second World War. Far from Moscow, Western Siberia was a key area for evacuated factories and for production in support of the war effort. Wilson T. Bell explores a diverse array of issues, including mass death, informal practices such as black markets, and the responses of prisoners and personnel to the war. The region's camps were never prioritized, and faced a constant struggle to mobilize for the war. Prisoners in these camps, however, engaged in such activities as sewing Red Army uniforms, manufacturing artillery shells, and constructing and working in major defense factories. The myriad responses of prisoners and personnel to the war reveal the Gulag as a complex system, but one that was closely tied to the local, regional, and national war effort, to the point where prisoners and non-prisoners frequently interacted. At non-priority camps, moreover, the area's many forced labour camps and colonies saw catastrophic death rates, often far exceeding official Gulag averages. Ultimately, prisoners played a tangible role in Soviet victory, but the cost was incredibly high, both in terms of the health and lives of the prisoners themselves, and in terms of Stalin's commitment to total, often violent, mobilization to achieve the goals of the Soviet state.

Stalin's Gulag at War

Table of contents

1. Ready for Total War?
2. Total War, Total Mobilization
3. Patriotic Prisoners
4. Patriotic Personnel
5. The Gulag's Victory

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