May 21, 2007

Stalin's "Special Settlements" the Focus of New Book

Lynne Viola is a specialist in twentieth century Russian history, focusing on political and social history. Her research interests include women, peasants, political culture, and Stalinist terror. She is the author of some thirty articles and two books, and has edited quite a few texts on Russian history.

Viola just finished editing The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin’s Special Settlements, and she will be posting every day this week on her trip into the previously closed archives of the central and provincial Communist Parties, the Soviet state, and the Soviet secret police, as well as her journey working on this book.

The text examines Stalin's forced resettlement of two million Soviet peasants in the 1930s, detailing how failed Soviet policies and autocratic regional administrators destroyed untold numbers of Russian lives. I am looking forward to getting my mitts on a copy to read and review, but in the meantime be sure to follow Viola's posts on the Oxford University Press blog.

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