Siberia : a history of the people /

Larger in area than the United States and Europe combined, Siberia is a land of extremes, not merely in terms of climate and expanse, but in the many kinds of lives its population has led over the course of four centuries. Janet M. Hartley explores the history of this vast Russian wasteland, whose v...

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Main Author: Hartley, Janet M. (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2014]
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Summary:Larger in area than the United States and Europe combined, Siberia is a land of extremes, not merely in terms of climate and expanse, but in the many kinds of lives its population has led over the course of four centuries. Janet M. Hartley explores the history of this vast Russian wasteland, whose very name is a common euphemism for remote bleakness and exile, through the lives of the people who settled there, either willingly, desperately or as prisoners condemned to exile or forced labor in mines or the gulag. From the Cossack adventurers' first incursions into 'Sibir' in the late sixteenth century to the exiled criminals and political prisoners of the Soviet era to present-day impoverished Russians and entrepreneurs seeking opportunities in the oil-rich north, Hartley's comprehensive history offers a vibrant, profoundly human account of Siberia's development. One of the world's most inhospitable regions is humanized through personal narratives and colorful case studies as ordinary, and extraordinary, everyday life in 'the nothingness' is presented in rich and fascinating detail.
Physical Description:xx, 289 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780300167948 (hardback)
0300167946 (hardback)