Between Stalin and Hitler: Class War and Race War on the Dvina, 1940-46, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Between Stalin and Hitler

Class War and Race War on the Dvina, 1940-46, 1st Edition

By Geoffrey Swain


288 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Covering the horrors that took place in Latvia from the beginning of the Second World War until 1947, this book focuses on the heart of the 20th century: Stalinist industrialization, collectivization and political annihilation; Nazi expansionism and genocide; with local nationalism, local nationalist rivalries, and local anti-Semitism. The author traces the developments in one particular region of Latvia, Daugavpils. There, the dilemma of Hitler or Stalin, the ideological struggle of fascism or communism was more acute than anywhere else in Europe since the population was actively involved in establishing both.


'This book asks the difficult question about the link of political polarization and ethnic conflict and therefore makes an important contribution to the research about the second World War.' - Osteuropa

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introducing Bourgeois Daugavpils 2. Daugavpils during the Terrible Year 3. Genocide 4. Dünaburg under Schwung 5. Dünaburg under Riecken 6. Re-establishing Soviet Daugavpils 7. The Nationalist Partisan War 8. Stalinist Daugavpils Conclusion Bibliographical Note

About the Author

A graduate of the University of Sussex, Geoffrey Swain studied for his PhD at the London School of Economics under the guidance of Professor Leonard Schapiro.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General