Gulag Town, Company Town (Hardcover)
Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta (Yale-Hoover Series on Authoritarian Regimes)
Yale University Press, 9780300179446, 352pp.
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
This insightful volume offers a radical reassessment of the infamous “Gulag Archipelago” by exploring the history of Vorkuta, an arctic coal-mining outpost originally established in the 1930s as a prison camp complex. Author Alan Barenberg’s eye-opening study reveals Vorkuta as an active urban center with a substantial nonprisoner population where the borders separating camp and city were contested and permeable, enabling prisoners to establish social connections that would eventually aid them in their transitions to civilian life. With this book, Barenberg makes an important historical contribution to our understanding of forced labor in the Soviet Union and its enduring legacy.
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Praise For Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta (Yale-Hoover Series on Authoritarian Regimes)…
— Lynne Viola
— Mark Harrison
— Yoram Gorlizki
Honorable Mention, Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences, Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, 2015.
— Wayne S. Vucinich
— Taylor and Francis Book Prize