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Gulag: A History talks about the large number of concentration camps that were active during the Russian Revolution and the era of Stalin. These camps held millions of political and criminal prisoners during their period of functioning and are considered as a major instrument of oppression and punishment.
The camps spanned a time period from the time of Lenin to that of Gorbachev. Gulag: A History traces their origins and development and is based on interviews and true life accounts, archives, new research and published memoirs. The camps held a wide range of convicts who were convicted by unfair means such as special troikas, or three-person committees and other means of extrajudicial punishment.
In the book, the author discusses about the atrocities committed with the camps, the victims who suffered and survived and links their lives to the larger history of the Soviet Union. It is recognized worldwide as a true account of the most cruel acts of injustice that were carried out against humanity. The book provides an understanding of some of the major events of the 20th century.
Gulag: A History was published in 2004 by RHUS and is available in paperback.
The book won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, as well as Britain's Duff-Cooper Prize.