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Revolution from Abroad

The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia

By Jan T. Gross

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Format: Paperback, 424 pages, Expanded Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 22 April 2002

Jan Gross describes the terrors of the Soviet occupation of the lands that made up eastern Poland between the two world wars: the Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia. His lucid analysis of the revolution that came to Poland from abroad is based on hundreds of first-hand accounts of the hardship, suffering, and social chaos that accompanied the Sovietization of this poorest section of a poverty-stricken country. Woven into the author's exploration of events from the Soviet's German-supported aggression against Poland in September of 1939 to Germany's attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, these testimonies not only illuminate his conclusions about the nature of totalitarianism but also make a powerful statement of their own. Those who endured the imposition of Soviet rule and mass deportations to forced resettlement, labor camps, and prisons of the Soviet Union are here allowed to speak for themselves, and they do so with grim effectiveness.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiPreface to the Expanded Edition xiiiPreface xvIntroduction 3PART I: SEIZUREONE: Conquest 17TWO: Elections 71THREE: The Paradigm of Social Control 114PART II: CONFINEMENTSFOUR: Socialization 125FIVE: Prisons 144SIX: Deportations 187EPILOGUE: The Spoiler State 225HISTORIOGRAPHICAL SUPPLEMENT: A Tangled Web 241Abbreviations 289Notes 291Bibliography 375Index of Names and Places 383Subject Index 391

EAN: 9780691096032
ISBN: 0691096031
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.39 x 2.74 centimetres (0.62 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Jan T. Gross is Professor of Politics and European Studies at New York University. He is the author of, among other books, Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and a coeditor of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath (both Princeton).


"[This] work is most welcome... [A] detailed and fascinating case study... [It] should be read by all students of Soviet history, sociology, and government."--Anna M. Cienciala, American Historical Review "The detailed personal testimony on the killings, incarcerations, and deportations, and on Soviet policy in action is ... convincing as well as dramatic and chilling."--Foreign Affairs

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