Broad is My Native Land: The Dimensions of Russian Migration

Oleg Gorbachev

Abstract


The review of the book of American researchers Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Leslie Page Moch is focused on the authors’ concept of the Russian migration in the 20th century. It places not the state in the center of the research, that is usual for the Russian studies, but the migrants themselves. In accordance with this concept, the aim is to establish the relationship between the individual migration practices (repertoires) and migration regimes formed by the state. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the migrants’ typology resulting from the authors’ task. The proposed concept makes the traditional division of migration into voluntary and coerced unnecessary. As a result, conflicts are bound to arise, as in the Russian history of the last century the coercion factor is difficult to ignore. On the other hand, the proposed approach allows the author for the first time in historiography to characterize a large number of manifestations of Russian migration activity, which was not easy, based on the status and availability of the necessary resources. The undoubted merit of the authors is their desire to enter the migration history of Russia in the global context. The author emphasizes the doubtless scholarly importance and relevance of the work of Siegelbaum and Moch.


Keywords


Russia in the 20th century; migration; repertoires of migration; migration regimes; types of migration

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15826/qr.2016.3.187

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