Broad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth Century by Lewis H. SiegelbaumBroad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth Century by Lewis H. Siegelbaum

Broad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth Century

byLewis H. Siegelbaum, Leslie Page Moch

Paperback | November 13, 2014

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Whether voluntary or coerced, hopeful or desperate, people moved in unprecedented numbers across Russia's vast territory during the twentieth century. Broad Is My Native Land is the first history of late imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia through the lens of migration. Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Leslie Page Moch tell the stories of Russians on the move, capturing the rich variety of their experiences by distinguishing among categories of migrants—settlers, seasonal workers, migrants to the city, career and military migrants, evacuees and refugees, deportees, and itinerants. So vast and diverse was Russian political space that in their journeys, migrants often crossed multiple cultural, linguistic, and administrative borders. By comparing the institutions and experiences of migration across the century and placing Russia in an international context, Siegelbaum and Moch have made a magisterial contribution to both the history of Russia and the study of global migration.The authors draw on three kinds of sources: letters to authorities (typically appeals for assistance); the myriad forms employed in communication about the provision of transportation, food, accommodation, and employment for migrants; and interviews with and memoirs by people who moved or were moved, often under the most harrowing of circumstances. Taken together, these sources reveal the complex relationship between the regimes of state control that sought to regulate internal movement and the tactical repertoires employed by the migrants themselves in their often successful attempts to manipulate, resist, and survive these official directives.

Lewis H. Siegelbaum is Jack and Margaret Sweet Professor of History at Michigan State University. He is the author of Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile and the editor of The Socialist Car: Automobility in the Eastern Bloc, both from Cornell. Leslie Page Moch is Professor of History at Michigan State University. She i...
Title:Broad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.37 × 6.63 × 0.27 inPublished:November 13, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801479991

ISBN - 13:9780801479991

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Resettlers2. Seasonal Migrants3. Migrants to the City4. Career Migrants5. Military Migrants6. Refugees and Evacuees7. Deportees8. ItinerantsConclusionSelected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Broad is My Native Land will not only be an indispensable read within the field of Russian, East European and Eurasian history, it will also be of great value to scholars outside the field who are interested in the causes, effects and experiences of human mobility. The book opens up new and exciting avenues of research, which could, for example, connect migration studies more closely to discussions on everyday subjectivity and identity-formation in the Soviet Union, or link them to debates on how space and the natural environment influence the human experience—and how individuals in turn transform abstract space into a place inherent with values." - Franziska Exeler, University of Cambridge/Freie Universitat Berlin, H-Soz-Kult