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The Germans of the Soviet Union

1st Edition

By Irina Mukhina


256 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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The Germans were a very substantial minority in Russia, and many leading figures, including the Empress Catherine the Great, were German. Using rarely seen archival information, this book provides an account of the experiences of the Germans living in the Soviet Union from the early post-revolution period to the post-Soviet era following the collapse of communism. Setting out the history of this minority group and explaining how they were affected by the Soviet regime’s nationality policies, the book:

  • describes the character of the ethnic Germanic groups, demonstrating their diversity before the execution of the policy of systematic deportations by the Stalinist authorities from 1937 to 1947
  • argues that there was not one but several episodes of deportation within this period
  • considers the different dimensions of this policy, including the legal and economic structures of, and everyday life in, the Soviet special settlements
  • investigates the ‘women’s dimension’ of deportation, especially the role of women in the preservation of ethnic identity among the afflicted groups
  • explores the long term consequences of Soviet deportations and exile on the identity of the Soviet Germans.

Table of Contents

1. 'Many Germans' – Germanic Communities in the Russian Empire 2. Many Deportations and their Legal Basis 3. 1941–1945 Intentions and Realities of Early Years 4. Life in Special Settlements 5. Women's Dimension of Soviet Exile and the End to Hardships 6. Long-Term Consequences of Deportation and Exile: The Formation of Ethnic Identity among Germans in the Soviet Union 7. At the End of the Road…

About the Author

Irina Mukhina is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Boston College, USA. She conducts research on nationalism, ethnicity and national policies in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

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:
HISTORY / Europe / Former Soviet Republics
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General