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Queen's University
 

Department of History

Rebecca Manley wins two prizes for her first book

To the Tashkent Station: Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War has been named the winner of this year's W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize. The prize is sponsored by Mary Lincoln in honor of her husband, and is awarded biannually by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) for an author's first published monograph or scholarly synthesis that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for the understanding of Russia's past.

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies has also chosen To the Tashkent Station as the winner of the 2010 Heldt Prize for the best book by a woman in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian studies.
The Heidt Prize Committee wrote the following:

"This original, compelling, and beautifully written book opens a window onto a central aspect of the Soviet home front during World War II that may be familiar from the memoirs of writers like Nadezhda Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova, or through Soviet film, but that has been neglected by historians. Manley meticulously documents the experiences of the more than 16 million people evacuated from their homes during the war, from the first panic-stricken days following the German invasion to the painful, often drawn-out return journey. Her impeccable research combines memoirs with exceptional archival discoveries. To the Tashkent Station is also notable for its balance. Rather than excoriating the Soviet government for the chaos that often accompanied evacuation, Manley makes judicious, reasonable assessments of what a government under attack realistically could and could not have accomplished in the early months of the war. She delves deeply into Stalinist political culture to explain the ways evacuation was defined, managed, and implemented, but never loses sight of the human dimensions and the individual tragedies. To the Tashkent Station makes a major contribution to understanding the dynamics of mass migration in twentieth-century history and the perils of making and implementing government policy under extreme conditions."

Congratulations to Rebecca for these two prestigious awards.

 

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