A Whole Empire Walking

A Whole Empire Walking : Refugees in Russia during World War I

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... a signal contribution to a growing literature on a phenomenon that has become tragically pervasive in the 20th century.... This highly original account combines exemplary empirical research with the judicious application of diverse methods to explore the far-reaching ramifications of `a whole empire walking.'" -Vucinich Prize citationAn important contribution not only to modern Russian history but also to an ongoing repositioning of Russia in broader European and world historical processes.... elegantly written... highly innovative." -Europe-Asia Studies Drawing on previously unused archival material in Russia, Latvia, and Armenia and on insights from social and critical theory, Peter Gatrell considers the origins of displacement and its political implications and provides a close analysis of humanitarian initiatives and the relationships between refugees and the communities in which they settled.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 22mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photos, 3 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253213460
  • 9780253213464
  • 1,232,731

About Peter Gatrell

Peter Gatrell teaches modern European history and economic history at the University of Manchester, where he is presently Professor and Head of Department. His previous books include The Tsarist Economy 1850-1917 and Government, Industry and Rearmament in Russia, 1900- 1914.
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Gatrell's scholarly study is based on archival and other sources and includes 72 pages of endnotes. It stresses analysis rather than narrative and reflects the influence of postmodern thinking indebted to Michel Foucault. In a useful appendix on population statistics, Gatrell suggests that the total number of refugees in Russia by mid, 1917 was more than seven million. The author is especially interested in the social identities of refugees, how they perceived themselves and were viewed by others, including military and civilian authorities. He emphasizes that few refugees were able-bodied men; one of his chapters deals with refugees and gender. He also examines the special refugee circumstances of nationalities such as the Armenians, Jews, Latvians, and Poles. Besides endnotes, the work also contains maps and interesting photographs. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Smaller libraries should first make sure they possess Critical Companion to the Russian Revolution, 1914, 1921, ed. by Edward Acton et al. (CH, Apr'98), which contains 67 essays on a wide range of subjects, including one by Gatrell that succinctly presents many of the conclusions spelled out in greater detail in his new book. All levels.July 2000 -- W. G. Moss * Eastern Michigan University *
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Table of contents

Introduction: Humanity Uprooted1. War and the Origins of Involuntary Displacement2. The Politics of Refugeedom3. Resettlement and Relief of Refugees4. Consolidating Refugeedom5. Refugees and Gender6. Refugees and the Labor Market7. Refugees and the Construction of "National" Identity8. Revolution and RefugeedomConclusion: The Meanings of RefugeedomAppendix 1. Refugee Population StatisticsAppendix 2. Questionnaire Issued by the Tatiana Committee, January 1917AbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex
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