Translated by Steven Shabad
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.
Lynne Viola is professor of history, University of Toronto. The late V. P. Danilov was a member of the Institute of History at the Russian Academy of Sciences. N. A. Ivnitskii is a member of the Institute of History at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Denis Kozlov is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto.