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FEL-262095-19
Illegal Emigration: Soviet Defectors and the Borders of the Cold War World
Erik Scott, University of Kansas, Lawrence

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Treason in Transit: Soviet Defectors and the Borders of the Cold War World (Book)
Title: Treason in Transit: Soviet Defectors and the Borders of the Cold War World
Author: Erik R. Scott
Editor: Susan Ferber
Abstract: Treason in Transit offers a new understanding of the Soviet state’s relationship to the world around it in an era of burgeoning globalization. It moves beyond stock explanations that see the Soviet Union’s restrictive border policies as an innate feature of “totalitarianism” and instead considers defection as an international phenomenon jointly produced by the criminalization of emigration by socialist states, the strategic encouragement of departure by capitalist states, and the tactics of migrants who sought to turn the era’s politics of mobility to their advantage. Spanning the course of the Cold War, each of the book’s chapters examines the transnational movement of defectors in a different border setting, at the time when that type of border became the focus of global attention. Organized into two parts, the book reveals how the superpowers not only divided the globe but at the same time also colluded to impose a lasting global architecture of migration on a restive world.
Year: 2022
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No


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