In the World of Stalinist Crimes

Ukraine in the Years of the Purges and Terror (1934‒1938) from the Polish Perspective


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The monograph In the World of Stalinist Crimes: Ukraine in the Years of the Purges and Terror (1934‒1938) from the Polish Perspective deals with Soviet Ukraine during the Stalinist purges and Great Terror of 1934–38 as seen from the perspective of Polish diplomats then working there. What sets it apart from other studies of the Great Terror is its extensive use of hitherto unknown archival materials, including documents prepared by the interwar Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Army. Robert Kuśnierz describes the conditions under which the Polish consulates in Soviet Ukraine functioned during the Great Terror; the kinds of problems their officials encountered and what sources of information they used for their reports; whether they tried to intervene to prevent Soviet persecution, particularly of Polish citizens and members of the Polish minority in Soviet Ukraine; and whether the reports they transmitted to Warsaw influenced Polish policies vis-à-vis Moscow. The book also provides information about the plight of Ukrainian countryside after the Great Famine of 1932–33, including Polish intelligence photos of devastated villages. This book is volume 10 of the Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research Monograph Series.

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Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15.5 × 3 cm








xxviii + 404 illustr.

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  1. Marko R. Stech

    Trevor Erlacher of the University of Pittsburgh published a review of this book in East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (2021), pp. 367-69. Here is the link:

  2. Marko R. Stech

    Anthony Kemp-Welch of the University of East Anglia published a review of this book in Slavic Review, Vol. 82, No. 2 (Summer 2023), p. 508.

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