Nationalizing the Russian Empire : the campaign against enemy aliens during World War I


Nationalizing the Russian Empire : the campaign against enemy aliens during World War I

Eric Lohr

(Russian Research Center studies, 94)

Harvard University Press, 2003

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-233) and index



In this study of the treatment of "enemy" minorities in the Russian Empire during World War I, Eric Lohr uncovers a dramatic story of mass deportations, purges, expropriations and popular violence. An imperial campaign initially aimed at restricting foreign citizens rapidly spun out of control, sweeping up Russian subjects of German, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds and driving roughly a million civilian from one part of the empire to another, becoming one of the largest cases of forced migration in history to that time. Because foreigners and diaspora minorities were prominent among entrepreneurial and land-owning elites, the campaign against them also became an explosive element in class and national tensions on the eve of the 1917 revolutions. During the war, the imperial regime dropped its ambivalence about Russian nationalism and embraced unprecedented and radical policies that "nationalized" the economy, the land and even the population. The core idea of the campaign - that the country needed to free itself from the domination of foreigners, internal enemies and the exploitative world economic system - later became a central feature of the Soviet revolutionary model.


Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Nationalist Challenges, Imperial Dilemmas 2. The Moscow Riots 3. Nationalizing the Commercial and Industrial Economy 4. Nationalizing the Land 5. Forced Migration Conclusion Appendix: Wartime Leaders Notes Archival Sources Index

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