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Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society

Steven A. Barnes


This book offers a fundamental reinterpretation of the role of the Gulag—the Soviet Union's vast system of forced-labor camps, internal exile, and prisons—in Soviet society. Soviet authorities undoubtedly had the means to exterminate all the prisoners who passed through the Gulag, but unlike the Nazis they did not conceive of their concentration camps as instruments of genocide. This book argues that the Gulag must be understood primarily as a penal institution where prisoners were given one final chance to reintegrate into Soviet society. Millions whom authorities deemed “re-educated” through ... More

Keywords: Gulag, Soviet Union, forced-labor camp, internal exile, prison, penal institution, Soviet society, forced labor, utopian society, socialist society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151120
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven A. Barnes, author
George Mason University