A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet by Kate BROWN

By Kate BROWN

it is a biography of a borderland among Russia and Poland, a area the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived part by way of part. Over the subsequent 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of lifestyles by means of the ruling could of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and eventually, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. via the Nineteen Fifties, this "no position" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mixture of peoples that outlined the area was once destroyed.

Brown's research is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of way of life during this quarter. In outstanding aspect, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this difficult neighborhood into detailed ethnic teams.

Drawing on lately opened documents, ethnography, and oral interviews that have been unavailable a decade in the past, A Biography of No position finds Stalinist and Nazi heritage from the viewpoint of the distant borderlands, hence bringing the outer edge to the guts of heritage.

we're given, in brief, an intimate portrait of the ethnic purification that has marked all of Europe, in addition to a glimpse on the margins of twentieth-century "progress."

Table of Contents:

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Introduction
1. Inventory
2. Ghosts within the Bathhouse
three. relocating Pictures
four. the facility to Name
five. A Diary of Deportation
6. the good Purges and the Rights of Man
7. Deportee into Colonizer
eight. Racial Hierarchies
Epilogue: transferring Borders, moving Identities

Notes
Archival Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

This is a biography of a borderland among Russia and Poland, a zone the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived aspect through part. Over the subsequent 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of life via the ruling may perhaps of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and eventually, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. by means of the Nineteen Fifties, this "no position" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mixture of peoples that outlined the sector used to be destroyed. Brown's examine is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of daily life during this region. In remarkable aspect, she files how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this elaborate group into certain ethnic teams. Drawing on lately opened documents, ethnography, and oral interviews that have been unavailable a decade in the past, A Biography of No Place finds Stalinist and Nazi background from the viewpoint of the distant borderlands, therefore bringing the outer edge to the heart of historical past. Brown argues that repressive nationwide regulations grew now not out of chauvinist or racist rules, however the very tools of recent governance - the census, map, and revolutionary social courses - first hired through Bolshevik reformers within the western borderlands. we're given, briefly, an intimate portrait of the ethnic purification that has marked all of Europe, in addition to a glimpse on the margins of 20th century "progress." Kate Brown is Assistant Professor of historical past at collage of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A Biography of No Place is without doubt one of the most unique and resourceful works of historical past to emerge within the western literature at the former Soviet Union within the final ten years. Historiographically fearless, Kate Brown writes with beauty and strength, turning this background of a misplaced, yet culturally wealthy borderland right into a compelling narrative that serves as a microcosm for realizing state and kingdom within the 20th Century. With compassion and appreciate for the varied those who inhabited this margin of territory among Russia and Poland, Kate Brown restores the voices, stories, and humanity of a people...

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