Gulag: A History
ISBN: 1400034094
EAN13: 9781400034093
Language: English
Pages: 736
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The Gulag a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost. Applebaum intimately re-creates what life was like in the camps and links them to the larger history of the Soviet Union. Immediately recognized as a landmark and long-overdue work of scholarship, Gulag is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand the history of the twentieth century.

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   A vital history
Your knowledge of the Soviet Union isn 't complete until you understand the place that the Gulag had in the 20th century. This depressing story is made accessible by virtue of Ms. Applebaum's clear prose and her organization by the theme of the material. This is a great book for those of us who find Solzhenitsyn's long novels impossible to read and a great companion for those intrepid souls who were able to make it through Solzhenitsyn.
   Russia's Big Secret
The German Gulags make the Russian Holocaust almost like a tea party. At random, Russians from all walks of life were arrested on bogus charges and brought to the Gulag system, which in turn provided millions of men, women and children for slave labor. The Russian economy took into account how many prisoners there were available. If there was a shortage, more were arrested merely. There were more reasons for arresting someone than not arresting them. This provided the logic behind the whole system. For example, a group of brothers were arrested for winning a soccer match because they defeated the favorite team of the NKVD leader. Prisoners were tortured, beaten, starved, frozen, raped, mutilated, traded and deprived of humanity. Being killed or dying was the least of one's problems with death. This is truly one of the biggest historical secrets of Russia.
   As history has it
I arrived from Russia, my husband was POW in Hungary for 7 years, what should have been written and told many years ago in this book. Research and presentation by ESA is excellent.
   This book was recommended to me by a Polish friend who is only ...
The book was recommended to me by a Soviet friend who is only too familiar with the Polish government system. It is a detailed account of the rise and fall of the GULAG system and Stalin himself. Under Communism, the ends apparently justify the means! The naivety of the ruling system is breathtaking : they believed that incarceration would turn criminals into model citizens and that the system would make money for the state on both counts! If you add thousands of innocent citizens caught in this nightmare, one begins to understand Stalinist Russia.
   A must read and very importsnt contribution to 20th Century History
A must read A must read. This work follows from the groundbreaking revelations about the Gulag prison labor system, first described in various Woks by Solzhenitsyn in detail. This meticulously researched book covers the Soviet Gulag from its beginning to its end. The author visited the locations of many of the camps and interviewed many survivors. She quotes many of the works of political prisoner memorialists. The Gulag left an ugly and not yet fully healed scar on the remnants of the Soviet Empire.
   A tribute to the forgotten victims
It was difficult to read the book to the end. It was difficult to read the book to the end. The facts are dramatic and aggravated by the fact that Soviet crimes are not known at large by the public. Communist parties still exist in the West, and are seen with compassion by many who oppose capitalism. It took many months, but I decided to read everything as a tribute to the millions of people who died in the Soviet concentration camps and are not honoured on this very day.
   Deep, meticulously researched, a historic tragedy
Most adults have some familiarity with the term gulag ''. A detailed description of the horrors of Stalin's terror was, however, more than a major undertaking. It was a cosmic achievement. Congrats to Ms. Applebaum on her rich and unsettling exploration of the Gulag system from 1933 to the end of the Stalin years. Everything about the existence of the prisoner system of the regime Defeated in its horrors the one's imagination. Ultimately, millions of prisoners worked without the barest necessities and died to death. The political saga of the Stalin years was marked by the blood and soul - torture of thieves, egomaniacal enemies and mostly ordinary Soviet citizens. The book is difficult to read and long in some places. In all, an excellent exploration of the system of concentration camps that spelt the terrain of the most inhospitable regions of the Soviet Union.
   El tema es muy interesante y quiero complementar con otros titulos que ya tengo
Lamentablemente el libro isá en inglés y uh yo lo necesito en ESpaol. The devolución of the poder cambiarlo o la deseo poder. Dar instrucciones me pueden? Ema Cabiati su atención Agradezco.
   Well Researched and Presented Account of the Soviet Gulag System
I ordered this book at the same time as the author's Red Famine, a look at Stalin's largely manufactured famine centered in the Ukraine. I didn 't much enjoy Red Famine and wasn 't giving up much hope for this work. The author's writing style in Red Famine was not reader friendly and I found it difficult to get through. For some reason, however, I tolerated this work much better. Perhaps it was the subject matter, which seemed to allow for more interesting reading. As the title suggests, this work deals with the history of the Soviet Gulag system of penal camps and relocation centers from the 1920s until their discontinuance in the 1950s. Unlike the Red Famine, this book contains numerous personal stories and observations by those who survived the camps. As a result, it was easier to read and far more captivating than Red Famine. I can recommend this work to anyone interested in the subject matter or Soviet history in general.
   Excellent history of the Gulag...
My wife and I have been studying Russian history and we came across this excellent, deep, thoughtful and comprehensive book. This is an excellent book to read before reading Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, because Applebaum presents the history of Gulag's development and implementation in a way that amplifies Solzhenitsyn. We would be very interested in Kotkin's opinions on Applebaum's recent book on Stalin, which also covers the time of creation and implementation of the Gulag. Jessica Tuchman's writing reminded us of another excellent writer from our college days, Applebaum. This was an engrossing and excellent book.