Red Famine

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

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"From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate today 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. Applebaum's compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Doubleday : New York, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385538855
0385538855
Characteristics: xxx, 461 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Stalin's war on Ukraine
Call Number: 947.70842 APP

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis actually knew a good deal about the Soviet famine.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

The Nazis never had time to fully implement the 'Hunger Plan' in Ukraine. But its influence could be felt in their occupation policy.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Like every occupying power in Ukraine, the Nazis ultimately had only on real interest: grain.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Many who had welcomed the Wehrmach quickly realized that they had exchanged one dictatorship for another,...

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

History, culture, family and identity were destroyed by the famine too, sacrificed in the name of survival.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

A starving person is simply too weak to fight back.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

Much of the subsequent cruelty can be explained by this clash between what the urban activists wanted and the very different reality in the country side itself.

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SEBoiko
Jan 25, 2018

... Ukraine has always aspired to be free.

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avidFVreader
Aug 06, 2019

Great read! Details Stalin's genocide of Ukrainian peasants. Stalin ordered the confiscation of grain in 1932-33 knowing full well millions of peasants would die. The books goes from collectivization of farms, grain expropriation, searches and shakedowns, neighbour against neighbour and the cover up of the famine.

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Sastez1
Jul 23, 2019

This is a fantastic book; well written, well researched and overall quite thorough. It is an important book and is a very good summary of how and why so much violence and tragedy was perpetrated against the Ukraine in the early years of the Soviet Union. It is not an easy read and leaves you angry knowing that those who were responsible for the intentional starvation and murder of millions of people never faced justice for their crimes. But that fact alone makes this book all the more important. This is the third book on the Soviet Union that I have read by Applebaum, the other two being "The Gulag" and "Behind The Iron Curtain." All three are essential reading for those who want to understand the Soviet Union's crimes against humanity.

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zappakitten
Jul 05, 2019

This book is a necessary read for this current political climate. It helped put into real words my arguments of resistance to communism, and a purely socialist government.

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gprusakowski
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.

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mkkellers
Jan 03, 2018

Breakpoint suggested

multcolib_susannel Oct 30, 2017

Details Stalin's plan to destroy the Ukrainian Peasantry by starving them to death.

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