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The war against the peasantry, 1927-1930 [electronic resource] : the tragedy of the Soviet countryside /
edited by Lynne Viola ... et al. ; translated by Steven Shabad.
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2005.
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xx, 427 p. cm.
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0300106122 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2005.
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0300106122 (cloth : alk. paper)
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11955187
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-05-01:
This first of four volumes of archival documents offers material published in the Russian series Tragediia Sovetskoi Derevni: Kollectivizatsiia i Raskulachivanie (1999-2004). The events are familiar: the grain "crisis" of 1928, the "solution," collectivization, dekulakization, and forced resettlement of over a half-million members of kulak families. The introductory essays provide a useful history of the policy changes. In particular, the essay on resettlement and its consequences relies on supplemental archival materials. What emerges from the documents is the impatience of many party members with the market and peasant recalcitrance. Equally significant is the thorough, military-like planning of the OGPU (secret police) for resettlement, which failed to anticipate the calamities that ensued when society was disrupted and neighbors became predators. This reader was struck by the OGPU's fantasies about the "plans" of "the kulak" and "the kulak's" turn to "terror." The police had obviously internalized Bolshevik rhetoric. Although the popular resistance may have frightened some in the party, it was quickly dealt with by a show of force. The volume will be useful to both teachers and students. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. D. Balmuth emeritus, Skidmore College
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"This volume--one of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism series--uncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!"--Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
"This volume-one of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism series-uncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!"--Mark von Hagen, Columbia University "
�This volume�one of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism series�uncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!��Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
" A monumental and henceforth indispensable guide to the study of collectivization in the USSR. The documents are brilliantly chosen and deeply enlightening, the commentary exemplary, and the scholarly achievement remarkable and enduring." -- James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University
"A monumental and henceforth indispensable guide to the study of collectivization in the USSR. The documents are brilliantly chosen and deeply enlightening, the commentary exemplary, and the scholarly achievement remarkable and enduring."--James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University
�A monumental and henceforth indispensable guide to the study of collectivization in the USSR. The documents are brilliantly chosen and deeply enlightening, the commentary exemplary, and the scholarly achievement remarkable and enduring.��James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University
"This volumeone of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism seriesuncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!"Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
" This volume- one of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism series- uncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!" -- Mark von Hagen, Columbia University "
" This volume-- one of the most exciting in the Annals of Communism series-- uncovers the Stalinist decision- and policy-making processes at work on momentous new directions for the countryside. A remarkable achievement!" -- Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
"A monumental and henceforth indispensable guide to the study of collectivization in the USSR. The documents are brilliantly chosen and deeply enlightening, the commentary exemplary, and the scholarly achievement remarkable and enduring."-James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University
"A monumental and henceforth indispensable guide to the study of collectivization in the USSR. The documents are brilliantly chosen and deeply enlightening, the commentary exemplary, and the scholarly achievement remarkable and enduring."James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology and Director of the Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University
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Summaries
Short Annotation
The collectivization of Soviet agriculture in the late 1920s and 1930s forever altered the country's social and economic landscape.
Main Description
The collectivization of Soviet agriculture in the late 1920s and 1930s forever altered the country's social and economic landscape. It became the first of a series of bloody landmarks that would come to define Stalinism. This revelatory book presents--with analysis and commentary--the most important primary Soviet documents dealing with the brutal economic and cultural subjugation of the Russian peasantry. Drawn from previously unavailable and in many cases unknown archives, these harrowing documents provide the first unimpeded view of the experience of the peasantry during the years 1927-1930. The book, the first of four in the series, covers the background of collectivization, its violent implementation, and the mass peasant revolt that ensued. For its insights into the horrific fate of the Russian peasantry and into Stalin's dictatorship, The War Against the Peasantry takesits place an as unparalleled resource.
Description for Bookstore
Drawn from previously unavailable archives, the harrowing documents in this book provide the first unimpeded view of the experience of Soviet peasants from 1927-30. The first volume of four on the collectivization of agriculture under Stalin, the book discusses the background of the plan, its violent implementation, and the ensuing revolt.
Long Description
The collectivization of Soviet agriculture in the late 1920s and 1930s forever altered the country's social and economic landscape. It became the first of a series of bloody landmarks that would come to define Stalinism. This revelatory book presents--with analysis and commentary--the most important primary Soviet documents dealing with the brutal economic and cultural subjugation of the Russian peasantry. Drawn from previously unavailable and in many cases unknown archives, these harrowing documents provide the first unimpeded view of the experience of the peasantry during the years 1927-1930. The book, the first of four in the series, covers the background of collectivization, its violent implementation, and the mass peasant revolt that ensued. For its insights into the horrific fate of the Russian peasantry and into Stalin's dictatorship, "The War Against the Peasantry takes" its place an as unparalleled resource.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Selected from newly available documents in the archives of the Soviet Union, the documents in this volume present the story of the collectivisation of Soviet agriculture in the late 1920s, a gigantic experiment in social engineering that impacted on millions of people.
Table of Contents
The grain procurement crisisp. 7
The crisis of NEP : 7 May 1927-14 January 1928p. 9
Extraordinary measures and the right opposition : 18 January 1928-23 April 1929p. 57
The great turn : 4 May 1929-15 November 1929p. 118
Collectivization and dekulakizationp. 169
The December politburo commission : 5 December 1929-5 January 1930p. 171
The campaign against the Kulak : 5 January 1930-1 March 1930p. 205
Dizzy with success : 2 March 1930-1 July 1930p. 264
Epiloguep. 319
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