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Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta

Alan Barenberg


Gulag Town, Company Town examines the history of Vorkuta, an arctic coal-mining outpost that was built in the 1930s as one of the most notorious prison camp complexes in the Soviet Union. But Vorkuta was not just a camp; it was also a Soviet city, with a substantial non-prisoner population and urban spaces. This book questions the idea that the Gulag was an “archipelago” separated from Soviet society at large. Instead, it examines camp and city together, looking at the interrelationships between them. It demonstrates that borders between the inside and outside of the camp were permeable and ... More

Keywords: Vorkuta, Gulag, coal mining, Soviet Union, prisoners, ex-prisoners, arctic, company town, forced labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300179446
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Barenberg, author
Texas Tech University