By Robert Conquest
The Harvest of Sorrow is the 1st complete background of 1 of the main horrendous human tragedies of the twentieth century. among 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist occasion struck a double blow on the Russian peasantry: dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of thousands of peasant households, and collectivization, the abolition of non-public possession of land and the focus of the rest peasants in party-controlled "collective" farms. This used to be in 1932-33 by means of a "terror-famine," inflicted by way of the country at the collectivized peasants of the Ukraine and likely different components through atmosphere impossibly excessive grain quotas, elimination any other resource of nutrients, and combating support from outside--even from different components of the Soviet Union--from attaining the ravenous population. The demise toll due to the activities defined during this ebook used to be an envisioned 14.5 million--more than the entire variety of deaths for all international locations in international battle I.
Ambitious, meticulously researched, and lucidly written, The Harvest of Sorrow is a deeply relocating testomony to people who died, and should sign in within the Western realization a feeling of the darkish facet of this century's history.
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