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From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army : The Experience of Chinese Labourers in Russia During the First

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It is a little known fact that during World War I Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime laborers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions. Then, in 1917, life for the Chinese worsened with the Bolshevik Revolution's arrival. Some of the workers signed up to fight for the Red Army and many were left stranded in Russia, unemployed and destitute. Their plight has been described as the most tragic episode in 400 years of Chinese emigration. The men had crossed the border into Russia with dreams of earning enough money to build a house or business for their family at home. None could have imagined the hell that awaited them.
Number of Pages: 89.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Russia + the Former Soviet Union, Military / World War I, Asia / China
Series Title: Penguin China Specials: First World War Series
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Mark O'Neill
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 2016
TCIN: 51080420
UPC: 9780734310477
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-2666

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