Friday, February 2, 2007
Against Their Will: The History and Geography of Forced Migrations in the USSR by Pavel M. Polian
An excellent edition to literature on the period of Stalin. Factual information broken down into time periods that show which populations Stalin and the NKVD targeted and why. It shouldn't be thought that Stalin was the only one involved in these tragedies that befell the various nationalities of the USSR, he had his reasons for his actions and they are listed and presented to the reader. Not to take away from the type of man he was, simply to understand that his actions had a cause. A great source to see all the nationalities that were touched by Stalin's forced 'migrations' from lesser known nationalities such as Iranians, Turks, Koreans, and Germans to more well known Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Chechens, and so on and so forth. An invaluable source for numbers of those deported, reasons for their deportations, and what happened to them after they were deported.