The Unknown Gulag
The Lost World of Stalin's Special Settlements
Reviews and Awards
"This study of Stalin's special settlements exposes a little-known topic, providing an account that is lucid and informative. It is also a moving work...A highly successful book that is both intellectually stimualting and engagingly written." - Miriam Dobson, Seer 87,3
"The Unknown Gulag is thoroughly researched and a welcome contribution to te literature on repression under Stali...A well-written treatment of a terrible episode that shows hpw the stalinist treatment of mass repression was created." - Alastair Kocho-Williams, History
"After years of archival and field research, Viola reproduces whole an obscured segment of Stalinism's barbarity in which half a million perished and nearly two million agonized.-" - Foreign Affairs
"Magnificently wide-ranging-" - Times Literary Supplement
"A path-breaking and authoritative work.-" - Douglas Smith, The Seattle Times
"This scholarly, nuanced work shines light on Stalin's forced resettlement of two million Soviet peasants in the 1930s. ...likely to become the scholarly standard on one of the 20th century's most horrific crimes.-" - Publishers Weekly
"Historians have long been aware of the scale of collectivization and the exile of the kulaks. But The Unknown Gulag provides the human voices that were secreted away for decades in formerly closed archives. Ms. Viola's painstaking research lays the foundation for a compelling and, in certain ways, surprising narrative.-" - The Wall Street Journal
"A seamless and quite moving narrative.... a social historian at the top of her game.-" - Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Slavic Review
"This very scholarly and authoritative work is at times also moving and always very revealing." - Mainstream Magazine.
"Viola has vividly portrayed and carefully documented a long neglected aspect of Stalin's repression... This book is essential reading for students of Soviet history, and for experts on Stalinism and the Gulag, as well." - Katherine R. Jolluck, European History Quarterly.
"This immensely readable book is to be applauded for its clarity and style. Accompanied by an extensive bibliography and notes, it is likely to stand as the most important work on the fate of the peasants under Joseph Stalin." - Peter Hylarides, Contemporary Review