Village and the Class War, the (Innbundet)

Anti-Kulak Campaign in Estonia 1944-49

Serie: Historical Studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia 


Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2012
Antall sider: 298
Forlag: Central European University Press
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9786155225147
Omtale Village and the Class War, the
Analyzes the mechanisms of repression, applying new aspects. Repression was mainly conducted through a bureaucratic process where individual denunciations were not even necessary. The main tool of persecution was a screening of the rural population with the help of records, censuses and local knowledge, in order to identify, or invent, "kulak families". Moreover, in the Estonian sources, the World War II history of each individual was a crucial part of screenings. The prisoners of war of the Red Army, held in camps in Estonia, played an unexpected part in this campaign. Another result is a so far neglected wave of peaceful resistance as the kulak identifications were challenged in 1947-48. This has not been addressed in the existing literature. The results mainly answer the question "how" this process worked, whereas the question "why" finds hypothetical responses in the life trajectories of actors.

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