A Prison Without Walls?
Eastern Siberian Exile in the Last Years of Tsarism
Reviews and Awards
Joint Winner of the 2018 BASEES Women's Forum Prize, awarded by the British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies.
"... a sobering reminder of the cruelty inflicted by the state and by individuals on men, women and children and a testimony to human endurance in the face of suffering." - Janey Hartley, London School of Economics and Political Science, European History Quarterly
"A Prison without Walls? will likely be considered the definitive work on katorga and exile in early twentieth-century Russia for some time to come." - Alan Barenberg, Journal of Modern History
"finely researched, elegantly written and thought-provoking" - English Historical Review
"While Soviet historiography emphasized the cultural benefits that political exiles brought to Siberia, Badcock gives voice as well to the regional authorities and local populations, who articulated the negative impacts of exile on their communities ... Badcock has consulted archives in the Sakha Republic and the Irkutsk Oblast. We hear new kinds of voices in this study, and find descriptions that prove further that state ambitions for forced labour and the misery of prisoners and their families did not begin with the Soviet state." - Comments by the jury of the BASEES Women's Forum Prize
"a notable achievement that will be of interest to scholars of tsarist and Soviet Russia, as well as historians of crime and punishment, and migration." - Jonathan Smele, Reviews in History
"a most worthwhile book, replete with useful information and evocative description ... as the study of all regions and periods of Siberian history attracts more investigators, they will certainly find that they have a high standard to live up to." - Paul Dukes, Journal of European Studies
"A particular strength of A Prison Without Walls? is Badcock's discussion of the interplay between mobility and stasis in her analysis of the exilic experience." - Judith Pallot, Revolutionary Russia
"Badcock deserves credit for having produced an assiduous, enlightening and admirably humane piece of scholarship,one that adds greatly to our understanding of a hitherto obscure and understudied aspect of Russia's imperial experience." - Ben Phillips, Slavonic and East European Review
"provides a vivid snapshot of the Siberian exile system at a crucial moment in time on the eve of war and revolution, one that should find readers both academic and otherwise, for it would work well in the classroom." - Ben Eklof, American Historical Review