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SiberiaA History of the People$
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Janet M Hartley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167948

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167948.001.0001

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Wars and Revolutions

Wars and Revolutions

(p.183) Chapter Thirteen Wars and Revolutions

Janet M. Hartley

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the impact of wars on Siberia. While the First World War (1914–18) and the Revolutions of February and October 1917 had little impact on Siberia, the region became a key battleground during the Civil War (1918–21). It was the location of several organs of government which, at various times and in various towns, challenged Bolshevik rule. Battles between Whites and Reds were fought in western Siberia, with peasants being conscripted to both armies. Eastern Siberia was ravaged by the brutal Cossack warlords and the far east was occupied by Japanese forces. White and Red terror was inflicted on peasants and townspeople alike. Armies, deserters, prisoners of war, refugees and, finally, the desperate remnants of the White forces crossed Siberia, trailing destruction, disease, and chaos in their wake.

Keywords:   Siberia, Siberian history, Civil War, Bolshevik rule, peasants

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