The Mass Deportation of Poles to Siberia, 1863-1880

  • Andrew A. Gentes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


This book concerns the mass deportation of Poles and others to Siberia following the failed 1863 Polish Insurrection. The imperial Russian government fell back upon using exile to punish the insurrectionists and to cleanse Russia’s Western Provinces of ethnic Poles. It convoyed some 20,000 inhabitants of the Kingdom of Poland and the Western Provinces across the Urals to locations as far away as Iakutsk, and assigned them to penal labor or forced settlement. Yet the government’s lack of infrastructure and planning doomed this operation from the start, and the exiles found ways to resist their subjugation. Based upon archival documents from Siberia and the former Western Provinces, this book offers an unparalleled exploration of the mass deportation. Combing social history with an analysis of statecraft, it is a unique contribution to scholarship on the history of Poland and the Russian Empire.


Polish Uprising European Romanticism Congress Poland Russian Empire Western Provinces

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew A. Gentes
    • 1
  1. 1.AlsteadUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60957-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60958-4
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