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Death and RedemptionThe Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society$
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Steven A. Barnes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151120

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151120.001.0001

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A New Circle of Hell: The Postwar Gulag and the Rise of the Special Camps

A New Circle of Hell: The Postwar Gulag and the Rise of the Special Camps

(p.155) Chapter 5 A New Circle of Hell: The Postwar Gulag and the Rise of the Special Camps
Death and Redemption

Steven A. Barnes

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes the Gulag into the postwar era when authorities used the institution in an attempt to reassert social control. At the same time, arrivals from the newly annexed western territories and former Red Army soldiers dramatically altered the social world of the Gulag prisoner. New prisoner populations of war veterans, nationalist guerrillas, and peoples with significant life experience outside the Soviet Union provided a potentially combustible mix. The isolation and concentration of many of these prisoners in a small number of special camps raised even further the potential explosiveness of the population. The Gulag was a political institution, though, and it was only the death of the system's founder that would set off the explosions.

Keywords:   Gulag, Soviet Union, prisons, social control, political prisoners, political institutions

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