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 zone the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived aspect by means of part. Over the subsequent 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures was once modernized and homogenized out of life by way of the ruling may 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 used to be destroyed.

Brown's research is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of lifestyle during this zone. In amazing element, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this difficult neighborhood into certain ethnic teams.

Drawing on lately opened information, ethnography, and oral interviews that have been unavailable a decade in the past, A Biography of No position unearths Stalinist and Nazi historical past from the point of view of the distant borderlands, hence bringing the outer edge to the guts of background.

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 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: moving Borders, moving Identities

Notes
Archival Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

This is a biography of a borderland among Russia and Poland, a quarter the place, in 1925, humans pointed out as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived part by way of part. Over the subsequent 3 a long time, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of life through the ruling may well of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and eventually, 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 zone used to be 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 zone. In extraordinary aspect, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this tricky group into targeted 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 heritage from the point of view of the distant borderlands, hence bringing the outer edge to the guts 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 innovative social courses - first hired via Bolshevik reformers within the western borderlands. 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 20th century "progress." Kate Brown is Assistant Professor of historical past at college of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A Biography of No Place is among the most unusual and inventive works of background 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 realizing country and country within the 20th Century. With compassion and recognize 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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