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Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary, and Austria 1944/45–1948/49

This book compares the various aspects – political, military economic – of Soviet occupation in Austria, Hungary and Romania. Using documents found in Austrian, Hungarian, Romanian and Russian archives the authors argue that the nature of Soviet foreign policy has been misunderstood. Existing literature has focused on the Soviet foreign policy from a political perspective; when and why Stalin made the decision to introduce Bolshevik political systems in the Soviet sphere of influence.

This book will show that the Soviet conquest of East-Central Europe had an imperial dimension as well and allowed the Soviet Union to use the territory it occupied as military and economic space. The final dimension of the book details the tragically human experiences of Soviet occupation: atrocities, rape, plundering and deportations.

About the Authors

Csaba Békés is Founding Director of the Cold War History Research Center, Budapest, Hungary. He is Professor of History, Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of International Studies.

László Borhi is Associate Professor at the Central Eurasian Studies Department, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Peter Ruggenthaler is Research Fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung, Graz, Austria

Reviews

"Außer der Frage des politischen Systems beleuchten die abgedruckten Dokumente und die einleitenden Ausführungen auch die Art und den Umfang der sowjetischen Inanspruchnahme wirtschaftlicher Ressourcen einschließlich zwangsweise geleisteter Arbeit, die Behandlung der jeweiligen Kriegsgefangenen und repressive Maßnahmen der sowjetischen Militärbehörden. Dabei ergeben sich stellenweise neue Einblicke. Den insgesamt 75 Dokumenten – 24 über Rumänien, 16 über Ungarn und die restlichen 35 über Österreich – geht eine umfangreiche Einleitung der vier Herausgeber voraus, die zuerst generell die sowjetische Südosteuropa-Politik im Ost-West-Kontext und dann das Vorgehen gegenüber jeweils den einzelnen Ländern behandelt. Diese Ausführungen sind knapp, aber ungewöhnlich klar und präzise – die weitaus beste Zusammenfassung, die es zu diesem Thema gibt. Auch deswegen ist der Dokumentenband zeithistorischen Fachleuten wie Laien unbedingt zur Lektüre zu empfehlen."—Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas
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