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Book Talk: "Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta"

What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes.

Date & Time

Wednesday
Mar. 25, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes. Built in the 1930s and 1940s to house the USSR's most dangerous criminals, the city would become a Soviet coal mining company town in the decades following Stalin's death. Vorkuta's story reveals new insights about the place of the Gulag in Soviet society and the system's legacy in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia.

For more information about the book please see Yale University Press.

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Kennan Institute

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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program strives to make public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, to facilitate scholarship based on those records, and to use these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

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