Book Discussion on Gulag: A History

Ms. Applebaum talked about her book Gulag: A History, published by Doubleday. 
Nearly 30 million prisoners passed through the… read more

Ms. Applebaum talked about her book Gulag: A History, published by Doubleday. 

Nearly 30 million prisoners passed through the Soviet Union’s labor camps in their more than 60 years of operation. This is the first fully documented history of the gulag, drawn on newly accessible Soviet archives as well as scores of camp memoirs and interviews with survivors to trace the gulag’s origins and expansion. It describes how, largely under Stalin’s watch, a regulated, centralized system of prison labor-unprecedented in scope-gradually arose out of the chaos of the Russian Revolution. Fueled by waves of arrests, this prison labor came to underpin the Soviet economy. Ms. Applebaum also reflected on why the gulag does not loom as large in the Western imagination as, for instance, the Holocaust. close

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Book Discussion on Gulag: A History

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 25, 2003
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Apr 7, 2008

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