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The House of the Dead - Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

Daniel Beer

A visceral, hundred-year history of the vast Russian penal colony. It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof.' From the beginning of the nineteenth century until the Russian Revolution, the tsars exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond the Ural Mountains to Siberia. Daniel Beer illuminates both the brutal realities of this inhuman system and the tragic and inspiring fates of those who endured it. Here are the vividly told stories of petty criminals and mass murderers, bookish radicals and violent terrorists, fugitives and bounty hunters, and the innocent women and children who followed their husbands and fathers into exile. Siberia was intended to serve not only as a dumping ground for criminals but also as a colony. Just as exile would purge Russia of its villains so too would it purge villains of their vices. In theory, Russia's most unruly criminals would be transformed into hardy frontiersmen and settlers. But in reality, the system peopled Siberia with an army of destitute and desperate vagabonds who visited a plague of crime on the indigenous population. Even the aim of securing law and order in the rest of the Empire met with disaster: Expecting Siberia also to provide the ultimate quarantine against rebellion, the tsars condemned generations of republicans, nationalists and socialists to oblivion thousands of kilometers from Moscow. Over the nineteenth century, however, these political exiles transformed Siberia's mines, settlements and penal forts into a virtual laboratory of revolution. Exile became the defining experience for the men and women who would one day rule the Soviet Union. Unearthing a treasure trove of new archival evidence, this masterly and original work tells the epic story of Russia's struggle to govern its prison continent and Siberia's own decisive influence on the political forces of the modern world. In The House of the Dead, Daniel Beer brings to light a dark and gripping reality of mythic proportions. From the Hardcover edition.

A visceral, hundred-year history of the vast Russian penal colony. It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof.' From the beginning of the nineteenth century until the Russian Revolution, the tsars exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond the Ural Mountains to Siberia. Daniel Beer illuminates both the brutal realities of this inhuman system and the tragic and inspiring fates of those who endured it. Here are the vividly told stories of petty criminals and mass murderers, bookish radicals and violent terrorists, fugitives and bounty hunters, and the innocent women and children who followed their husbands and fathers into exile. Siberia was intended to serve not only as a dumping ground for criminals but also as a colony. Just as exile would purge Russia of its villains so too would it purge villains of their vices. In theory, Russia's most unruly criminals would be transformed into hardy frontiersmen and settlers. But in reality, the system peopled Siberia with an army of destitute and desperate vagabonds who visited a plague of crime on the indigenous population. Even the aim of securing law and order in the rest of the Empire met with disaster: Expecting Siberia also to provide the ultimate quarantine against rebellion, the tsars condemned generations of republicans, nationalists and socialists to oblivion thousands of kilometers from Moscow. Over the nineteenth century, however, these political exiles transformed Siberia's mines, settlements and penal forts into a virtual laboratory of revolution. Exile became the defining experience for the men and women who would one day rule the Soviet Union. Unearthing a treasure trove of new archival evidence, this masterly and original work tells the epic story of Russia's struggle to govern its prison continent and Siberia's own decisive influence on the political forces of the modern world. In The House of the Dead, Daniel Beer brings to light a dark and gripping reality of mythic proportions. From the Hardcover edition.
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A visceral, hundred-year history of the vast Russian penal colony. It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof.' From the beginning of the nineteenth century until the Russian Revolution, the tsars exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyond the Ural Mountains to Siberia. Daniel Beer illuminates both the brutal realities of this inhuman system and the tragic and inspiring fates of those who endured it. Here are the vividly told stories of petty criminals and mass murderers, bookish radicals and violent terrorists, fugitives and bounty hunters, and the innocent women and children who followed their husbands and fathers into exile. Siberia was intended to serve not only as a dumping ground for criminals but also as a colony. Just as exile would purge Russia of its villains so too would it purge villains of their vices. In theory, Russia's most unruly criminals would be transformed into hardy frontiersmen and settlers. But in reality, the system peopled Siberia with an army of destitute and desperate vagabonds who visited a plague of crime on the indigenous population. Even the aim of securing law and order in the rest of the Empire met with disaster: Expecting Siberia also to provide the ultimate quarantine against rebellion, the tsars condemned generations of republicans, nationalists and socialists to oblivion thousands of kilometers from Moscow. Over the nineteenth century, however, these political exiles transformed Siberia's mines, settlements and penal forts into a virtual laboratory of revolution. Exile became the defining experience for the men and women who would one day rule the Soviet Union. Unearthing a treasure trove of new archival evidence, this masterly and original work tells the epic story of Russia's struggle to govern its prison continent and Siberia's own decisive influence on the political forces of the modern world. In The House of the Dead, Daniel Beer brings to light a dark and gripping reality of mythic proportions. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

17h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:48


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:22


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:05


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:28


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:11


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:58


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:15


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:07


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:55


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:54


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:12


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:17


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:59


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:26


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:33


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:47


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:27


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:10


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:11


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:27


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:37


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:46


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:04


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:41


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:31


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:28


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:52


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:27


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:14


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:49


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:20


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:09


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:58


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:04


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:05


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:20


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:04


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:23


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:28


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:06


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:00


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:03


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:49


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:57


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:18


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:01


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:21


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:55


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:02


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:33


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

00:34