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By Kate BROWN

this can be 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 way of aspect. Over the following 3 a long time, this mosaic of cultures used to be modernized and homogenized out of life through the ruling may perhaps of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and at last, 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 zone used to be destroyed.

Brown's examine 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 element, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this elaborate neighborhood into exact 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 finds Stalinist and Nazi historical past from the viewpoint of the distant borderlands, therefore bringing the outer edge to the heart of background.

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 nice Purges and the Rights of Man
7. Deportee into Colonizer
eight. Racial Hierarchies
Epilogue: transferring Borders, transferring 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 part by way of aspect. Over the following 3 many years, this mosaic of cultures was once modernized and homogenized out of lifestyles through the ruling may possibly 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 quarter used to be destroyed. Brown's learn is grounded within the lifetime of the village and shtetl, within the personalities and small histories of daily life during this sector. In awesome aspect, she records how those regimes, bureaucratically after which violently, separated, named, and regimented this complicated group into designated 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 heart of heritage. Brown argues that repressive nationwide regulations grew now not out of chauvinist or racist principles, however the very tools of contemporary governance - the census, map, and innovative social courses - first hired via 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 heritage at collage of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A Biography of No Place is likely one of the most unusual and imaginitive 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 splendor and strength, turning this heritage of a misplaced, yet culturally wealthy borderland right into a compelling narrative that serves as a microcosm for realizing country and kingdom 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, stories, and humanity of a people...

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