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By the summer of 1929 Soviet industrialisation was well under way, but agriculture was in a profound crisis: in 1928 and 1929 grain to feed the towns was wrested from the peasants by force, and the twenty-five million individual peasant households lost the stimulus to extend or even to maintain their production. In the autumn of 1929 the Soviet Politburo, led by Stalin, launched its desperate effort to win the battle for agriculture by forcible collectivisation and by large-scale mechanisation. Simultaneously hundreds of thousands of kulaks (richer peasants) and recalcitrant peasants were expelled from their villages. This book tells the story of these events, as momentous in their impact on Russian history at the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917, and of the temporary retreat from collectivisation in the spring of 1930 in the face of peasant resistance. The crisis in the Communist Party which resulted from this upheaval, in the months preceding the XVI party congress in June 1930, is described in detail for the first time.
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R. W. DAVIES is Professor of Soviet Economic Studies in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Birmingham. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham and subsequently held a research post at the University of Glasgow. In the course of his research on Soviet industrialisation he has paid five visits to the Soviet Union to study in Moscow and Leningrad libraries. His previous publications include The Development of the Soviet Budgetary System, Science Policy in the USSR (co-author), The Soviet Union (editor), and he collaborated with E. H. Carr on volumes nine and ten of the fourteen-volume A History of Soviet Russia.Review:
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'The Soviet Economy in Turmoil will be read avidly by all specialists on the Soviet economy; it should also be consulted by anyone with an interest in the history of the 20th century.' - Alistair McAuley, Economic Journal
'Future generations of university students may well follow courses on comparative Russian/Soviet perestroika studies from Peter the Great to Gorbachev. If so, they will find in The Soviet Economy in Turmoil an essential text.' - David Dyker, Slavonic and East European Review
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Book Description Macmillan, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 514 pages. 9.25x6.10 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0333261712