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

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This is a book about the steppe frontier land on the border of Ukraine and Russia. A little-known former Cossack land, the Donbas remained a haven for fugitives, providing freedom to whoever needed it. As a result, Stalin's Terror was extraordinarily harsh in the Donbas. Drawing on much new information from formerly closed archives in Ukraine and Russia, the book paints a detailed yet panoramic picture of the tumultuous history of the Donbas and analyzes critical events in modern Ukrainian and Russian history from a regional perspective.

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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

Note on names; Acknowledgment; Introduction; 1. Life on the wild field; 2. Political development to 1914; 3. War, revolution, and Civil War; 4. The new economic policy; 5. The Famine; 6. The Great Terror; 7. The War; 8. The post-War years; Conclusion; Sources.

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