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1st Edition

Women's Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

ISBN 9780367884574
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Based on extensive original research, including studies of autobiographies and biographies, reminiscences and memoirs, archived oral history data and interviews conducted by the authors, this book provides a rich picture of how women experienced repression in the former Soviet bloc. Although focusing on key years when repression was at its height – 1937 for the Soviet Union, 1941 for Lithuania and Poland, 1948 for Czechoslovakia and 1956 for Romania – the book ranges more widely. It demonstrates that although far fewer women than men were the direct victims of repression, women experienced severe repression in many ways, including exile, deportation and as family members of those arrested, imprisoned and executed.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Women’s Experiences of 1937: Everyday Legacies of the Purges and the Great Terror in the Soviet Union

3. Victims and Collective Trauma: Surviving Mass Repression and Living through the Soviet period

4. Women’s Experiences of Repression in Czechoslovakia, 1948-1968

5. Women’s Experiences of 1956: Student Protesters and Partisans in Romania



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Kelly Hignett is a Senior Lecturer in History at Leeds Beckett University


Melanie Ilic is Professor of Soviet History at the University of Gloucestershire


Dalia Leinarte is Professor of History at Vilnius University


Corina Snitar is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow


Eszter Zsofia Toth is in the Research Institute for History, Budapest