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Red famine : Stalin's war on Ukraine

Author: Anne Applebaum; Suzanne Toren
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic audio books
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Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Applebaum; Suzanne Toren
ISBN: 9780525498193 0525498192 9780525498186 0525498184
OCLC Number: 1005095850
Notes: Electronic audio file.
Performer(s): Read by Suzanne Toren.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Contents: Introduction: the Ukrainian question --
The Ukrainian revolution, 1917 --
Rebellion, 1919 --
Famine and truce: the 1920s --
The double crisis: 1927-9 --
Collectivization: revolution in the countryside, 1930 --
Rebellion, 1930 --
Collectivization fails, 1931-2 --
Famine decisions, 1932: requisitions, blacklists and borders --
Famine decisions, 1932: the end of Ukrainization --
Famine decisions, 1932: the searches and the searchers --
Starvation: spring and summer, 1933 --
Survival: spring and summer, 1933 --
Aftermath --
The cover-up --
The Holodomor in history and memory --
Epilogue: the Ukraine question reconsidered.
Other Titles: Stalin's war on Ukraine
Responsibility: Anne Applebaum.

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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.

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