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A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia During World War I (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies) [Hardcover]

by Peter Gatrell
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January 1, 2000 0253336449 978-0253336446 First Edition first Printing
During World War I millions of civilians on the eastern front, including Poles, Latvians, Jews, and Armenians as well as Russians and Ukrainians, were forcibly uprooted. This is the first book in any language to describe their experience and consider the social, political, and cultural meanings of refugeedom before and after the collapse of the tsarist empire.

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". . . exactly the kind of innovative, wide-ranging, theoretically informed social history that the Russian field badly needs." -- Steven Smith, University of Essex

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"Peter Gatrell offers a fresh perspective on social and political upheaval in revolutionary Russia through a close examination of population displacement during World War I. Involuntary migrations - in part the consequence of defeat on the battlefield, in part the result of deliberate action by tsarist generals - led government officials and educated society to question prevailing modes of thinking about social identity and the nature of social order in an unraveling polity."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • Series: Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies
  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition first Printing edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253336449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253336446
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the 2000 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize November 29, 2000
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CITATION FOR WAYNE S. VUCINICH BOOK PRIZE for an outstanding monograph in Russian, Eurasian, or East European studies in any discipline of the humanities co-funded by AAASS and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
This study offers a history of the refugee population from the western borderlands that swamped the administration and inhabitants of central Russia during the Great War. Adducing an impressive array of archival funds and contemporary accounts about and by the refugees themselves, Gatrell traces the story of the people displaced, by German and Russian forces alike, from the ethnically and religiously diverse territories of western Russia. He also considers the perspective of those charged with accommodating them: overburdened bureaucrats, charitable societies, and everyday townspeople and peasants in whose midst the refugees settled. Gatrell draws on theoretical perspectives, ranging from the work of Michel Foucault to recent studies of refugees in the late twentieth century, to examine the various ways in which refugeedom evolved as a set of discourses incorporating gender and nationhood, among other categories. The resulting study lends yet more depth and nuance to our understanding of the autocracy's unraveling, as well as to our understanding of the successor states that emerged from its wreckage. Equally, Gatrell makes a signal contribution to a growing literature on a phenomenon that has became tragically pervasive in the twentieth century, from Russia to India to Rwanda to the Balkans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Analysis on WWI Russian Refugee Problems April 24, 2013
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Peter Gatrell has written a remarkable book that analyzes all of the problems of the Russian refugee crisis of World War One. Few people know about this immense crisis that was just a huge bureaucratic mess, crossing social, cultural, and religious lines, and affected all segments of Russian society of the time. Gatrell also delves into theory about how refugees were perceived and the imbalance that resulted in Imperial society. The book is so well-written that I would highly recommend it for anyone who studies Russian history and culture or the history of World War One. It is not a difficult read.

As a student of Russian History, I found the book rich with information. Dr. Gatrell has undoubtedly worked dilligently on this, and it certainly shows.

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