Journal article

The Second World War as a History of Displacement the Soviet Case

Mark Edele

History Australia | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2015


The typical Soviet subject in the Second World War was a displaced person. Taking a broad view of the Second World War as beginning with the Sino—Japanese war in 1937 and ending only with the pacification of the Soviet western border in 1949, this essay quantifies displacements within Soviet borders as well as beyond them. Deportation, flight, evacuation, military and labour mobilisation, as well as repatriation, together encompassed the majority of the Soviet population. Hence, the displaced persons who eventually made it to Australia—while distinctive in terms of ethnicity and maybe politics—had fairly typical Soviet wartime experiences.

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