Freedom and Terror in the Donbas: A Ukrainian-Russian Borderland, 1870s-1990s

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This book discusses both the freedom of the Ukrainian-Russian borderland of the Donbas and the terror it has suffered because of that freedom. In a detailed panorama the book presents the tumultuous history of the steppe frontier land from its foundation as a modern coal and steel industrial center to the post-Soviet present. Wild and unmanageable, this haven for fugitives posed a constant political challenge to Moscow and Kiev. In light of new information gained from years of work in previously closed Soviet archives (including the former KGB archives in the Donbas), the book presents, from a regional perspective, new interpretations of critical events in modern Ukrainian and Russian history: the Russian Revolution, the famine of 1932-33, the Great Terror, World War II, collaboration, the Holocaust, and de-Stalinization.
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"Kuromiya...has written a valuable history of Stalin's terror in the Donbas region between Ukraine and Russia. Recommended for research scholars." Choice

"In summary, this volume contains much that is original and thought provoking...It will be read with great profit by graduate students and scholars" Slavic Review

"...a valuable work, whose implications and significance extend beyond the Donbas itself." Kenneth Slepyan, H-Net Reviews

"...this book provides a powerful explanation of the societal, political and cultural mechanisms of this defining aspect of twentieth-century Russia and Ukraine. Furthermore, it shed light on the reasons that the discredited Communist system was not replaced by a pluralistic and tolerant political culture. This grim reality of present-day Donbas is also the pat conclusion of this fascinating book." The Russian Review

"...a major accomplishment...this is an excellent book and a must for any serious student of Soviet, Ukrainian, or Russian history." Harvard Ukranian Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Notes on Names
Introduction 1
1 Life on the Wild Field 11
2 Political Development to 1914 35
3 War, Revolution, and Civil War 71
4 The New Economic Policy 119
5 The Famine Crisis 151
6 The Great Terror 201
7 The War 251
8 The Postwar Years 297
Conclusion 335
Sources 341
Index 347
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