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Workers Battalions and the Politics of Return after the Second World War

Student: Sergey Fishman

Supervisor: Seth Bernstein

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

This paper is dedicated to the workers battalions which were filled with repatriated Soviet civilians and former POWs. This research also includes the historical context of those battalions. The object of the study is the USSR labour policy after the Second World War. The subject of the study are the workers battalions within the context of postwar economic recovery. The paper includes the introductions, three chapters, the conclusion and the list of references. In chapter one we explore Soviet labour policy and repatriation policy. In second chapter we analyze the exploitation of repatriates before the formation of the workers battalions. Chapter three examines repatriates in workers battalions in 1945 and 1947.Keywords: workers battalions, repatriation, labour policy, Stalinism, postwar recovery, filtration, forced labour, repressions.

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