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By Kate BROWN

it 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 facet via aspect. Over the subsequent 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of life 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 quarter used to be destroyed.

Brown's examine is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of lifestyle during this quarter. In extraordinary aspect, she files how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this complicated neighborhood into distinctive ethnic teams.

Drawing on lately opened records, 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 heart of heritage.

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 twentieth-century "progress."

Table of Contents:

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Introduction
1. Inventory
2. Ghosts within the Bathhouse
three. relocating Pictures
four. the ability 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 sector the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived aspect by means of facet. Over the following 3 a long time, this mosaic of cultures was once modernized and homogenized out of life by way of the ruling could of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and at last, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. by means of the Fifties, this "no position" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mixture of peoples that outlined the sector was once destroyed. Brown's learn is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of lifestyle during this sector. In extraordinary aspect, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this elaborate group into specific ethnic teams. Drawing on lately opened records, ethnography, and oral interviews that have been unavailable a decade in the past, A Biography of No Place unearths Stalinist and Nazi background from the point of view of the distant borderlands, hence bringing the outer edge to the guts of background. Brown argues that repressive nationwide regulations grew now not out of chauvinist or racist rules, however the very tools of contemporary 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 college of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A Biography of No Place is likely one of the most unique and ingenious works of heritage to emerge within the western literature at the former Soviet Union within the final ten years. Historiographically fearless, Kate Brown writes with attractiveness and strength, turning this background of a misplaced, yet culturally wealthy borderland right into a compelling narrative that serves as a microcosm for figuring out state and nation within the 20th Century. With compassion and admire for the various those who inhabited this margin of territory among Russia and Poland, Kate Brown restores the voices, thoughts, and humanity of a people...

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