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Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality (review)

Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial... Communists rebuilt the Russian Empire on a new basis, so it is too simple to say that the borderlands region she describes witnessed the demise of empires. Actually, the region became, ultimately, the bloody battleground of two empires, Nazi and Soviet. She does not address the complicated ethnic and national politics of the Soviet system, nor does she take up the matter of Stalin's crimes except to say that they gave socialism a bad name. Did the various atrocities of the Stalin region amount to genocide? Did the 1932 famine in the Ukraine and North Caucasus, in which about six million people died, constitute a deliberate act of destruction by the Stalinist state against a particular population? What about the deportations of ethnic and national populations that, in some cases, began even before the onset of World War II? One can have different positions on that issue, but a book on genocide in the region that encompasses part of the Soviet Union should pose the problem. Carmichael provides solid accounts of many of the grim events that mark the modern period. But her history suggests that virtually all of European history culminates in genocide. She labels the period http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 22 (3) – Sep 4, 2011

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Abstract

Communists rebuilt the Russian Empire on a new basis, so it is too simple to say that the borderlands region she describes witnessed the demise of empires. Actually, the region became, ultimately, the bloody battleground of two empires, Nazi and Soviet. She does not address the complicated ethnic and national politics of the Soviet system, nor does she take up the matter of Stalin's crimes except to say that they gave socialism a bad name. Did the various atrocities of the Stalin region amount to genocide? Did the 1932 famine in the Ukraine and North Caucasus, in which about six million people died, constitute a deliberate act of destruction by the Stalinist state against a particular population? What about the deportations of ethnic and national populations that, in some cases, began even before the onset of World War II? One can have different positions on that issue, but a book on genocide in the region that encompasses part of the Soviet Union should pose the problem. Carmichael provides solid accounts of many of the grim events that mark the modern period. But her history suggests that virtually all of European history culminates in genocide. She labels the period

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 4, 2011

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