Red Famine

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

Book - 2017
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In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization--in effect a second Russian revolution--which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them. Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic's borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil. Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385538855
Characteristics: xxx, 461 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Stalin's war on Ukraine


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May 28, 2018

A must read! Difficult to stomach a lot of what happened but it is essential to know if one is to understand what the Soviet experiment became and how it shaped Russia and Eastern Europe then and now.

Jan 03, 2018

Breakpoint suggested


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