The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-famine

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Oxford University Press, 1987 - Religion - 411 pages
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The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century. Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry: dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership of land and the concentration of the remaining peasants in party-controlled "collective" farms. This was followed in 1932-33 by a "terror-famine," inflicted by the State on the collectivized peasants of the Ukraine and certain other areas by setting impossibly high grain quotas, removing every other source of food, and preventing help from outside--even from other areas of the Soviet Union--from reaching the starving populace. The death toll resulting from the actions described in this book was an estimated 14.5 million--more than the total number of deaths for all countries in World War I.

Ambitious, meticulously researched, and lucidly written, The Harvest of Sorrow is a deeply moving testament to those who died, and will register in the Western consciousness a sense of the dark side of this century's history.
  

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Review: The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

User Review  - Kristin-Leigh Brezinski - Goodreads

More of a prosecution than an unbiased history. Conquest lays all of the blame on Stalin (rather than Lenin's decisions or the direction of the party as a whole), and works through the book to ... Read full review

Review: The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

User Review  - Kristin-Leigh - Goodreads

More of a prosecution than an unbiased history. Conquest lays all of the blame on Stalin (rather than Lenin's decisions or the direction of the party as a whole), and works through the book to ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
PARTY PEASANTS AND NATION
11
Stalemate 19211927
58
TO CRUSH THE PEASANTRY
85
The Fate of theKulaks
117
Crash Collectivization and its Defeat
144
The End of the Free Peasantry 19301932
164
Central Asia and the Kazakh Tragedy
189
A Land Laid Waste
260
Kuban Don and Volga
274
Children
283
The Death Roll
299
The Record of the West
308
Responsibilities
322
Epilogue THE AFTERMATH
331
Notes
348

The Churches and the People
199
THE TERRORFAMINE
215
Assault on the Ukraine193032
217
The Famine Rages
225

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Robert Conquest is Senior Research Fellow and Scholar-Curator of the East European Collection at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books on Soviet studies and has published poetry, criticism, and fiction.

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