Description - Soviet Karelia by Nick Baron
Soviet Karelia, adjacent to Finland, was intended by Lenin immediately after the Russian Revolution to become a showcase model socialist republic, showing what could be achieved, and encouraging other countries to follow the example set. However, the position changed under Stalin - the encouragement of local autonomy which had been a key part of the showcase was reversed, and large parts of the republic's territory was given over to gulags controlled by the NKVD, the precursor of the KGB. This book traces the evolution of Soviet Karelia in the early Soviet period, discussing amongst other things how relationships between the local communist leadership and Moscow changed over time, and how massive repression of the Karelian population was eventually imposed.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Nick Baron
Nick Baron teaches twentieth century Russian and East European history and historical geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of The King of Karelia. Col P.J. Woods and the British Intervention in North Russia, 1918-1919 (2007) and co-editor of Homelands. War, Population and Statehood in Eastern Europe and Russia, 1918-1924 (2004) and Sovetskaia Lesnaia Ekonomika. Moskva-Sever. 1917-1941 (2005). He is currently working on a cultural history of Soviet cartography.