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The Entangled Legacies of the Gulag: Vorkuta from Gulag Town to Company Town

Event Type
Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building, 9707 S Mathews Ave, Urbana
Jul 2, 2013   12:00 pm  
Alan Barenberg, Assistant Professor, History, Texas Tech University
This event is free and open to the public
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Speakers

In most histories of the Soviet Union the story of the Gulag ends shortly after Stalin’s death. Yet the legacies of the Gulag in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union endured, being particularly vivid and problematic in the Arctic city of Vorkuta, built in the 1930s and 1940s by prisoners in one of the Soviet Union’s largest and most notorious prison camp complexes. This talk, taken from Alan Barenberg’s forthcoming book, Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta (Yale UP, 2014) will examine how the Gulag shaped life in the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death. Professor Barenberg’s current research interests include the comparative history of forced labor and the economic integration of Central Asia into the Russian/Soviet empires. He participates at SRL with a new project tentatively entitled “Empire of Cotton: Cotton as an Imperial Commodity in Late Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.”

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