Red Famine

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

Book - 2017
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From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and Iron Curtain , winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, a revelatory history of Stalin's greatest crime.

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 perished between 1931 and 1933 in the U.S.S.R. In Red Famine , Anne Applebaum reveals for the first time that three million of them died 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: that Stalin set out to exterminate a vast swath of the Ukrainian population and replace them with more cooperative, Russian-speaking peasants. A peaceful Ukraine would provide the Soviets with a safe buffer between itself and Europe, and would be a bread basket region to feed Soviet cities and factory workers.
When the province rebelled against collectivization, Stalin sealed the borders and began systematic food seizures. Starving, 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.
Publisher: Ontario :, Penguin Random House Canada,, 2017
Edition: 0200059064
ISBN: 9780771009303
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2017
Characteristics: 461 pages

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