By Peter Gatrell

"... a sign contribution to a becoming literature on a phenomenon that has turn into tragically pervasive within the twentieth century.... This hugely unique account combines exemplary empirical study with the sensible software of different the way to discover the far-reaching ramifications of 'a entire empire walking.'" -- Vucinich Prize citation"An very important contribution not just to fashionable Russian background but additionally to an ongoing repositioning of Russia in broader ecu and global ancient processes.... elegantly written... hugely innovative." -- Europe-Asia stories Drawing on formerly unused archival fabric in Russia, Latvia, and Armenia and on insights from social and important thought, Peter Gatrell considers the origins of displacement and its political implications and gives an in depth research of humanitarian projects and the relationships among refugees and the groups within which they settled.

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117 Few refugees heeded this warning, let alone found it remotely reassuring. Population displacement on this scale and intensity placed an intolerable burden on the overstretched Russian railway network. Troops, military equipment, and industrial plants were being evacuated from the front more or less simultaneously. Many railway personnel had been conscripted. Refugees added to the problems faced by the railway administration, as the minister of transport despairingly admitted in September 1915.

Population displacement on this scale and intensity placed an intolerable burden on the overstretched Russian railway network. Troops, military equipment, and industrial plants were being evacuated from the front more or less simultaneously. Many railway personnel had been conscripted. Refugees added to the problems faced by the railway administration, as the minister of transport despairingly admitted in September 1915. 118 Nonetheless, tens of thousands of refugees slowly made their way eastward by train.

90 This prompted the minister of agriculture, A. V. Krivoshein, to explode with rage at a meeting of government ministers (“I may not shout at the crossroads and in the street”). 91 Some local of¤cials sought to preempt action by military leaders toward the Volynia and Volga Germans, in contrast to their acquiescence in the operations launched against Russian Jews. 93 Farther north, the enemy advance prompted a mass evacuation of Latvian farmers and agricultural workers from the Kurzeme Heights, south of Riga.

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