House of the dead book review

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People were also differentiated by what part of Siberia they were sent to--climate and labor being the main differentiators.

Were they sent as la A very good look at exile to Siberia under the Tsars. Were they sent as laborers?

An interesting and well-researched book. Jan 29, Becky Loader rated it liked it. I have never really read much about Siberia, and how the Russians used its vast expanse.

The sheer brutality used on offenders by the Russians is almost too much to bear, and I use "offender" as a generic term. The powers that be could find something to make almost everyone an "offender.

The penal colonies were expected to thrive and populate the area so that the rich mines could be tapped for wealth. Very well writte I have never really read much about Siberia, and how the Russians used its vast expanse.

Very well written, but depressing. Jul 08, Meghan W rated it really liked it. It's a horrifying history.

Well researched and written. This sounds like something I wanted to read, but it was not. No offense intended to Beer at all - it seems very well-researched and informative, if this is the kind of thing you want information about.

View all 3 comments. This book wasn't bad, but I found it a bit of a slog. Part of the problem was that there was no particular through-line being followed no one person's life, or story of a single historical incident, etc.

It also wasn't particularly chronological which would have helped make it easier to follow. Again, it wasn't bad, I just had no trouble putting it down and was never particularly excited to start it again.

Oct 24, Steve Cunningham rated it it was amazing. This is an extraordinary book in many ways. In documenting the colossal waste of human life and resources that the Romanov regime expended in banishing social and political undesirables to the farthest and most remote reaches of the Russian Empire, it serves in some respects as a pre-revolutionary companion piece to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 's The Gulag Archipelago , and demonstrates that while Tsarist exile lacked the industrial scale and bureaucracy of the Stalinist Gulag, it was every b This is an extraordinary book in many ways.

In documenting the colossal waste of human life and resources that the Romanov regime expended in banishing social and political undesirables to the farthest and most remote reaches of the Russian Empire, it serves in some respects as a pre-revolutionary companion piece to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 's The Gulag Archipelago , and demonstrates that while Tsarist exile lacked the industrial scale and bureaucracy of the Stalinist Gulag, it was every bit as arbitrary, brutal and dehumanising, showing that the genesis of one of the greatest of humanity's scars upon the social and political landscape of the twentieth century was a seed planted in the period of Russian imperial expansion in the seventeenth century.

But the book also utilises the institution of Siberian exile as a prism through which to view the development of the Russian Empire and Romanov autocracy, and the real and perceived internal threats thereto.

We are introduced to Polish nationalists seeking the independence of their country from rule by Saint Petersburg, the Decembrist rebels with their aims of a constitutional monarchy and the abolition of serfdom, the reformist Petrashevsky Circle, whose most notable member was Fyodor Dostoyevsky , a host of vagrants and recidivist petty criminals, and, latterly, the confirmed revolutionaries who would finally succeed in tearing down the Tsarist edifice in While the aims of each of these groups, where they had specific aims, were varied, all represented a challenge to the divinely ordained authority of the Romanov Tsars.

Jan 27, Kusaimamekirai rated it really liked it. This is an amazingly detailed and exhaustively researched look at the system of Siberian exile from the early 19th century up until the Bolshevik revolution.

The author tackles this immense topic by separating each chapter into different periods of time as well as different aspects of exile. He makes the important distinction between those sentenced to penal labor and exile and the physical and emotional punishments they endured.

Throughout the book, I couldn't help reflecting on how shortsight This is an amazingly detailed and exhaustively researched look at the system of Siberian exile from the early 19th century up until the Bolshevik revolution.

Throughout the book, I couldn't help reflecting on how shortsighted, vindictive, and ineffective this system was. There was very little record keeping to speak of hardened criminals would often bully, coerce, or kill a fellow traveller to assume their identity and a lesser sentence , hardened criminals were often housed with simple vagrants, women were encouraged to join their husbands and then were often raped or forced into prostitution, and political prisoners were often housed together which only served to spread revolutionary ideas deeper into the countries interior among its peasants.

If all this sounds haphazard and senseless, its because it was. Siberian exile became a tool of repression for a series of increasingly paranoid Tsars, as well as local communities who had the power to condemn their fellow citizens to exile due to the national government's inability to adequately police all of its vast territory and thus ceded such powers to local authorities.

When the revolution arrived in and the jails were opened, the revolution had ready access to a large number of hardened political prisoners ready to be loosed on the old order.

This is certainly not an easy read. It is filled with grim statistics and anecdotes that are at best, unsettling.

But it remains an important book nonetheless. May 21, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: Didn't actually finish it. Excellent account of Russian punishment Also picked up lots of Russian history along the way.

May 27, Kate Hackett rated it really liked it. They exiled a bell. Oct 16, Ietrio rated it did not like it Shelves: Another academic paper pusher spitting books in order to climb the ladder up to the best pension plan government can provide.

Chapter 2 opens with this paragraph: Standing in a forest clearing some 2, kilometres east of St. Why was it relevant? That second question is easy: The column was not relevant.

The same way it is not relevant it was standing and not sitting, or that it was in a forest, or that it was in a forest clearing, and so on.

Also Kropotkin's name was not Prince. And Peter is the Western translation. How is Kennan relevant to the exile?

Well, Beer read him hoping to find more details on his theme. And the taxpayer has paid for his so called study time. So why not inject proof that he did work in those hours?

I am very interested in the theme. After all, the common sense tells about Siberia as strongly associated with the gulag concept. But the Soviets only copied the infrastructure from the tsarist regime.

And there is less information on the "before the October Revolution". Yet this is not the book to bring data.

It is only the lame literary attempt coming from an ambitious paper pusher. Only there were no planes or drones to do that. That is only the feverish mind of an intellectual dwarf.

Jun 10, JQAdams rated it liked it. Siberian exile was not just an enduring penal institution; it was also formative for an important strand of Russian literature and culture.

So Beer has a lot to cover here, and he does give a sampling of issues and ideas from across the nineteenth century somewhat broadly defined, since exile was still used up to the fall of the Romanovs.

The account is skewed towards the greatest hits of Siberian exile; because they were literate, and had elite connections that would get their stories out, gr Siberian exile was not just an enduring penal institution; it was also formative for an important strand of Russian literature and culture.

The account is skewed towards the greatest hits of Siberian exile; because they were literate, and had elite connections that would get their stories out, groups like the Decembrists and the Polish secessionists get a lot of press.

Ordinary criminals, by contrast, tend to have their stories told only more fitfully. Similarly, the exiles actually settled out in the countryside as opposed to imprisoned or sentenced to hard labor get somewhat shorter shrift.

It is impressive how different the experience of exile was for different people and groups. In some cases, even "hard labor" amounted to not much change in lifestyle, while in other cases brutal beatings and workings-to-death and, in some cases, dystopian nightmares of starvation and cannibalism were par for the course.

The reactions of the exiled was similarly varied; the presentation here suggests that as time went on, resistance to the regime got more and more peremptory, so that by the end some exiles manage the seemingly impossible task of inspiring more sympathy for the jailers than for the jailed.

This change, like many aspects of difference here, is described more than it is explained, but even when it all seems random it makes for interesting history.

As often, I also found the maps unsatisfying here. The book provides four, two of which basically show the same thing the Russian Empire at two different points in time , and two details of smaller but significant regions for the story Nerchansk and Sakhalin.

Perversely, though, the maps often do not show the places that are actually discussed in the text. This was particularly striking for Sakhalin: I ended up using other maps when reading the sections of the book about the island.

Aug 16, Al rated it liked it. A fairly unremitting litany of the tsarist atrocious program of exiling political and criminal miscreants to Siberia during the 19th century.

For the most part it's a complete, depressing and repetitive catalog of all the ways the exiles could be mistreated, and most assuredly there were many There are a few interesting stories about the cases of particular individuals; they were a welcome relief from the endless list of statistics.

I really don't think the book improved by listing what see A fairly unremitting litany of the tsarist atrocious program of exiling political and criminal miscreants to Siberia during the 19th century.

I really don't think the book improved by listing what seemed to be every possible example the author could find; if it had been pages shorter the point would have been made and the book more readable and bearable.

On the positive side, despite the deluge of despair, THOTD provides, almost as an aside, a good history of Russia during that period, as well as a brief bridge to the post-Bolshevik period.

There's irony here; horrific as the conditions were in the 19th century under the stars, there were few actual executions of Siberian prisoners although they died in the thousands from natural causes and torture , the prisoners often were able to file petitions with the government and otherwise call attention to their plight, and prisoners sometimes actually completed their sentences and were released.

When the communists, outraged by the tsarist punishment system and other abuses, came to power in , they quickly reinstituted the whole system for their own benefit, but went even further to create the infamous gulag archipelago, which brutally eliminated any trace of humanity the prior prison system may have contained.

Of course, for the communists, it was all right; after all, they had a good cause. No doubt a good part of the gulag survives today, which is just another reason not to trust or accept the current Russian government.

I was tempted to put this book on my horror shelf, but my horror shelf is for fiction. When I read about the ship wreck of the Batavia, I couldn't believe the atrocities committed by the leader of the mutineers.

The Siberian exile system under the czars was decades, if not centuries, of atrocities. The history of Sakhalin Island was the worst. Sometimes, in the case of the last two books I have read, I find the epilogue to be the best part of the book.

In this case, the revolutionaries who orcha I was tempted to put this book on my horror shelf, but my horror shelf is for fiction. In this case, the revolutionaries who orchastrated the end of czar rule through revolution in spent a decade in Siberian prisons fomenting popular dissent.

Upon release in , they were honored for their imprisonment. Until the Bolsheviks found them inconvenient and either shot them or sent them back to Siberia to work in the forced labor camps - the Gulag.

The revolution that gained support because of the czar exile system ended up putting in power a group of leaders that instituted exile and forced labor on a scale never engineered by the czars.

I guess leaders of revolutions may have ulterior motives. You know, like attaining power for themselves, rather than bringing equality to the masses.

Jan 10, Roger Taylor rated it it was amazing. A remarkable book describing the system of exiles and prisons in Siberia during years of Tsarist Russia.

While I long knew of the existence of the practice of exiling political opponents to Siberia, I had never realized just how horrendous the system really was.

By the time the reader reaches the early years of the 20th Century, he or she can feel the sense of hatred and thirst for retribution among the exiles.

It is difficult to feel much sympathy for the Tsarist system that was swept away A remarkable book describing the system of exiles and prisons in Siberia during years of Tsarist Russia.

It is difficult to feel much sympathy for the Tsarist system that was swept away in It is only unfortunate that the Soviet State created an even more horrible system of camps and imprisonment in Siberia in the years after !!

Jun 18, Alis rated it really liked it. A more 'weighty' volume to digest in content , Beer scatters nuggets such as this one to nourish ones strength to endure in the face of oppression, suffering and insurmountable obstacles.

Renunciation, spiritual harmony, concentrating on scholarly work — these are the best, the only ways of ignoring the weight of your fetters, of not being marked by them, so that when they are finally removed, you will still be you A more 'weighty' volume to digest in content , Beer scatters nuggets such as this one to nourish ones strength to endure in the face of oppression, suffering and insurmountable obstacles.

Renunciation, spiritual harmony, concentrating on scholarly work — these are the best, the only ways of ignoring the weight of your fetters, of not being marked by them, so that when they are finally removed, you will still be young.

Siberian Exile Under the Tsars This: Jan 23, Lauren Johnson rated it really liked it. An interesting historical perspective of the Russian Exile system, starting around in the mid 18th century.

This historiography looks at the political, economical, and social implications behind Russia's 'civil executions'.

It explores the failures of the Tsarist govt's process of sending convicts, no matter their degree of offense, to Siberia in the hopes that the banishment would create an extension of Russian influence.

Instead, it helped cultivate and stir nationalist ferver as the rest of W An interesting historical perspective of the Russian Exile system, starting around in the mid 18th century.

Instead, it helped cultivate and stir nationalist ferver as the rest of Western Europe entered the 20th century.

Jun 28, Amanda rated it liked it. Appeared to be quite thorough. I must admit I skimmed the last pgs or so in a bid to finish it.

After his time in the camps Dostoevsky returned to write The House of the Dead. The novel incorporates several of the horrifying experiences he witnessed while in prison.

It was a stark contrast with his own heightened sensitivity. During this time in prison he began experiencing the epileptic seizures that would plague him for the rest of his life.

House of the Dead led Dostoevsky to include the theme of murder in his later works, a theme not found in any of his works preceding House of the Dead.

The narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, has been sentenced to penalty deportation to Siberia and ten years of hard labour for murdering his wife.

Life in prison is particularly hard for Aleksandr Petrovich, since he is a "gentleman" and suffers the malice of the other prisoners, nearly all of whom belong to the peasantry.

Gradually Goryanchikov overcomes his revulsion at his situation and his fellow convicts, undergoing a spiritual re-awakening that culminates with his release from the camp.

It is a work of great humanity; Dostoevsky portrays the inmates of the prison with sympathy for their plight, and also expresses admiration for their energy, ingenuity and talent.

He concludes that the existence of the prison, with its absurd practices and savage corporal punishments is a tragic fact, both for the prisoners and for Russia.

Many of the characters in the novel were very similar to the real-life people that Dostoevsky met while in prison.

While many of the characters do mirror real-life people, he has also made some of the characters appear more interesting than their real-life counterparts.

It was his last opera. In , the novel was adapted to a film, directed by Vasili Fyodorov and starring Nikolay Khmelyov. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Exiles were often sent to Siberia by the Tsars instead of being executed. Dostoevsky was even subject to a mock execution before being informed that his sentence was being commuted to exile.

Exile was a civil death. Exiles had their rights and social standing removed. They became non-people, and as non-people their treatment was appalling.

Tsarist Russia pushed into Siberia in the late sixteenth century. The Russians wanted to capture and exploit the Siberian fur trade.

The Mongol Khanate of Siberia was weak and easily toppled by a small force of Cossacks and the territory of Siberia incorporated into the Tsarist empire.

Within fifty years Russian forces had reached the Pacific coast and created an intercontinental empire.

The prize was a rich one. Today the Russian state is kept financially afloat by barrels of oil.

The Siberian fur trade paid for the luxury goods consumed at the imperial court and financed Tsarist armies. Economic exploitation, massacres and disease wiped out the majority of local populations in the same way that they did the native populations of north and south America.

People could not be encouraged to move to Siberia freely as this would mean a loss of income to their owner. People could, however, be exiled.

Landowners, local communities and the state all had the right to send troublemakers to Siberia. Siberia would be populated with workers, who would be compelled to work for the Tsarist state and its local economic agents in the initial period of their imprisonment, and then settled permanently there after release as exiles.

Exile was organised shambolically. Exiles died in their thousands as there was no adequate system of transportation, accommodation, or healthcare.

Unscrupulous guards and warders robbed their charges and abused them, sexually as well as physically. The harsh conditions of transportation brutalised the exiles.

It could take many months for prisoners to walk the thousands of miles from European Russia to their places of confinement.

Exiles robbed each other, escaped and terrorised local populations, swapped identities with each other, and organised into bands to try to protect themselves.

Workers were often unfit for work by the time they had made the harrowing journey to the East. Exile labour was never as productive as free labour so the Tsars never saw as great a return from Siberia as they hoped for.

Rampant criminality made Siberia an unattractive destination for many free labourers until very late in the nineteenth century. The problems that the exile system created grew in the nineteenth century as political exiles were added to the mix.

Political prisoners before the 19th century were mostly peasant rebels who were socially indistinguishable from other exiles.

The revolt of the Decembrists, noble proponents of constitutionalism and reform, in December changed this. The Decembrists came from the upper echelons of society.

Many of the Decembrist rebels were followed into exile by their wives, who also lost their status and rights as a result.

The suffering of the Decembrists, and the selflessness of their wives, created a model of self-sacrifice that later generations of Russian rebels were to copy, and made the Siberian exile system a target of social criticism.

The Decembrists were followed by Polish nationalists sent to Siberia as their liberation struggles against Tsarism failed. Populists Russian agrarian socialists swelled the number of political prisoners from the s onwards.

Russian journalists wrote freely about it. Siberian prisons were visited by famous writers Anton Chekhov , foreign journalists George Kennan and inquisitive travellers.

Nobody in the Gulag felt that. Beer discusses the Decembrists , a hundred or so men, the first Russian rebels with ideals, however ill-defined, who were punished mildly, by the standards of the s, only five being hanged for their attempted coup against Tsar Nicholas I.

Beer debunks the myths of their saintliness, but the Decembrists remain exemplary exiles. The book then considers the Polish insurgents against Russian rule of and , articulate protesters, if they escaped execution, against Siberian exile.

They aroused all the less sympathy in Russia for the outcry their fate provoked in Europe: The House of the Dead is impeccably researched, beautifully written, but not incontrovertible.

Was Siberian exile under the tsars exceptionally deplorable? In western Europe, murderers would have been executed: Britain hanged 6, during the 19th century.

Excluding Polish insurgents, Jewish revolutionaries and recidivist murderers, Russia executed in years in Russia the punishment for murder has often been milder than for making a seditious utterance.

Undoubtedly — as shown by his chapter on hordes of vagabonds robbing and murdering their way back to European Russia — being a dump for convicts harmed Siberia, as it did New South Wales.

But there were positives. Under the tsars and even under Stalin, the indigenous population of Siberia suffered little, once the 18th-century depredations by Cossacks stopped.

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