The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine[Reading] ➭ The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine ➵ Robert Conquest – Heartforum.co.uk Robert Conquest s The Harvest of Sorrow helped to reveal to the West the true and staggering human cost of the Soviet regime in its deliberate starvation of millions of peasants and remains one of the Robert Conquest s The of Sorrow: PDF ☆ Harvest of Sorrow helped to reveal to the West the true and staggering human cost of the Soviet regime in its deliberate starvation The Harvest eBook è of millions of peasants and remains one of the most important works of Soviet history ever writtenMore deaths resulted from the actions described in this book than from Harvest of Sorrow: MOBI ï the whole of the First World WarEpic in scope and rich in detail, The Harvest of Sorrow describes how millions of peasants in the USSR were dispossessed and deported as a result of the abolition of private property, and how millions in the newly established collective farms of the Ukraine and other regions were then deliberately starved to death through impossibly high quotas, the removal of all other sources of food and their isolation from outside helpWith the publication of this and his earlier book, The Great Terror, which revealed the truth about Stalin s political purges, Robert Conquest revealed to the West the staggering human cost of the Soviet regime.

George Robert Ackworth Conquest of Sorrow: PDF ☆ was a British historian who became a well known writer and researcher on the Soviet Union with the publication, in , of his The Harvest eBook è account of Stalin s purges of the s, The Great Terror.

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    The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the deported as a result of the abolition of private property, and how millions in the newly established collective farms of the Ukraine and other regions were then deliberately starved to death through impossibly high quotas, the removal of all other sources of food and their isolation from outside helpWith the publication of this and his earlier book, The Great Terror, which revealed the truth about Stalin s political purges, Robert Conquest revealed to the West the staggering human cost of the Soviet regime."/>
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  • 448 pages
  • The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine
  • Robert Conquest
  • 05 April 2017
  • 1847925677

10 thoughts on “The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine

  1. Mikey B. says:

    Page 299 my book Khrushchev quote No one was keeping count This is about one of theappalling episodes in the history of the Soviet Union under Stalin The centerpiece is the treatment of the ethnic and farming communities in Ukraine during 1929 to 1934.By following the dogma of Marxism Leninism class war was declared on the so called rich farmers of Ukraine labeled as kulaks The definition of kulak varied it could be a peasant farmer who owned a horse or two, a pig or two, who employe Page 299 my book Khrushchev quote No one was keeping count This is about one of theappalling episodes in the history of the Soviet Union under Stalin The centerpiece is the treatment of the ethnic and farming communities in Ukraine during 1929 to 1934.By following the dogma of Marxism Leninism class war was declared on the so called rich farmers of Ukraine labeled as kulaks The definition of kulak varied it could be a peasant farmer who owned a horse or two, a pig or two, who employed a labourer from time to time Under Marxism private property and enterprise was to be abolished So the kulaks needed to be eliminated they were enemies of the people Page 115 Stalin quote We have gone over from a policy of limiting the exploiting tendencies of the kulak to a policy of liquidating the kulak as a class Some were removed from their farms and sent to a remote Gulag to fend for themselves others shot outright More enemies had to be made when agricultural production sagged so a class of sub kulaks was found This all lead to a loss of the most productive and industrious farmers and farmland and the grain output kept decreasing to the stage where it was less than in the time of the Czars The remaining peasants were forced onto collectives where a major portion of the grain output was requisitioned by the state With the best farmers gone, with the produce seized by the government, with incompetent authorities in charge of the collectives starvation set in Stalin also saw the Ukrainian nationality as a threat to the centralization of power in the Soviet Union The vast Ukrainian peasantry and its cultural elite had to be eradicated The famine was deliberate The author estimates that over 5 million Ukrainians died in the famine and millionsdisappeared in the Gulag for dekulakization The author also emphasizes how this collectivization negatively impacted other areas of the Soviet Union.This is a difficult book to read There are a lot of statistics that the author uses to back up his statements But it is the personal presentations that are most disturbing the chapter on children being one of the most affecting This has been used a source book for other volumes I have read on the Soviet Union, which is how I came to know of it I never quite realized until reading this book just how severe and methodical this genocide was This is what happens when ideology supersedes.Page 233 a Soviet activistWith the rest of my generation I firmly believed that the ends justified the means Our great goal was the universal triumph of communism, and for the sake of that goal everything was permissible to lie, to steal, to destroy hundreds of thousands and even millions of people, all those who were hindering our work or could hinder it, everyone who stood in the way And to hesitate or doubt about all this was to give in to intellectual squeamishness and stupid liberalism I took part in this myself, scouring the countryside, searching for hidden grain, testing the earth with an iron rod for loose spots that might lead to buried grain With the others, I emptied out the old folks storage chests, stopping my ears to children s crying and the women s wails For I was convinced that I was accomplishing the great and necessary transformation of the countryside that those who sent me and I myself knew better than the peasants how they should liveIn the terrible spring of 1933 I saw people dying from hunger I saw women and childrenAnd corpsesI saw all this and did not go out of my mind or commit suicide Nor did I curse those who had sent me out to take away the peasants grain in the winter, and in the spring to persuade the barely walkingto go into the fields in order to fulfil the Bolshevik sowing plan

  2. Monty says:

    Hitler was a piker compared with Joseph Stalin Stalin created the gulags in the 1920 s, and created a man made famine to eliminate most of the population of the Ukraine who refused get aboard his economic plan This work is one of the pieces of evidence proving thatpeople on this earth were murdered in the name of State Communism than from any other single ideology Mao, Pol Pot, and all of the other State sponsored secular tyrants learned their trade from Stalin Stalin alone probably mu Hitler was a piker compared with Joseph Stalin Stalin created the gulags in the 1920 s, and created a man made famine to eliminate most of the population of the Ukraine who refused get aboard his economic plan This work is one of the pieces of evidence proving thatpeople on this earth were murdered in the name of State Communism than from any other single ideology Mao, Pol Pot, and all of the other State sponsored secular tyrants learned their trade from Stalin Stalin alone probably murdered at least 15 million of his own people Stalin starved men, women and children deported them, and imprisoned them without the least concern for the outcome This campaign was completely hidden from the West by a state orchestrated information and propaganda campaign which allowed intellectuals in the West to see only the bright and positive side of Soviet society while hiding the horrors of what was really happening American and British journalists were taken on a happy ride by Uncle Joe and gullibly believed the picture he presented of the advanced civilization of the Soviet Union They were never allowed to see the nightmare occurring in the Ukrainian and Siberian areas In Russia there is plenty of room for hiding what is not meant to be discovered Hitler learned from Stalin how to make gulags and stuff railway cars with innocent victims This book was the first published to describe this terrible event that can no longer be concealed

  3. Darya says:

    This book was banned in Canada when it first came out I had to have it It is such a gut wrenching account of how people were forced into collectives, forced to endure famine and hardships that were hidden from the western world The world knew one history of that time period but the reality, hidden by the Soviets, was another entirely It isn t a book for the faint of heart and the pictures boggle the mind With the help of Stalin approximately 14 million people died in and around the Ukrain This book was banned in Canada when it first came out I had to have it It is such a gut wrenching account of how people were forced into collectives, forced to endure famine and hardships that were hidden from the western world The world knew one history of that time period but the reality, hidden by the Soviets, was another entirely It isn t a book for the faint of heart and the pictures boggle the mind With the help of Stalin approximately 14 million people died in and around the Ukraine

  4. Czarny Pies says:

    The importance of this book is that it finally silenced those who denied that there had been a man made famine in the Ukraine betweem 1929 and 1932 Within 5 years of its publication in 1986, the overwhelming major of academic historians in the West were willing to acknowledge that there had indeed been a Ukrainian Holocaust From the 1930s to the early 1980s communist intellectuals and fellow travellers in the West had essentially succeeded in convincing the public that the stories of the fam The importance of this book is that it finally silenced those who denied that there had been a man made famine in the Ukraine betweem 1929 and 1932 Within 5 years of its publication in 1986, the overwhelming major of academic historians in the West were willing to acknowledge that there had indeed been a Ukrainian Holocaust From the 1930s to the early 1980s communist intellectuals and fellow travellers in the West had essentially succeeded in convincing the public that the stories of the famine were lurid lies peddled by angry, Slavic expatriates In fact when I attended the University of Toronto in the 1980s many professors were still vigorously asserting that several years of poor weather had been blown up into a non existent genocide.Conquest convinced the Anglo Saxon academic community of the reality of the state created famine because he used the language and tools of Anglo Saxon academics in his book More importantly he was a professor on staff at a major American university Stanford which gave his book a credibility that a comparable work by an expatriate could never have achieved.The left has had some success countering the claims of this book While Conquest suggested a death toll of six million, his critics now assert that 3 million was probably closer to the mark I think the debate his open Nobody was keeping track of the numbers properly What historians have to quantify the number of deaths are census figures for 1926 and 1937 What one finds that with the rate of natural population increase being sustained in the 1920s, there was a shortfall in the Ukrainian population of 15 million when the projected the numbers were compared to the actual Conquests believes that 6 of the 15 million died in famine of 1929 1932 with the balance perishing in the Gulags which were created to re educate Kulaks and bourgeois elements The current state of the statistical debate is that 3 million is a safe estimate on the low end range of the likely number of deaths that can be attributed to the 1929 1932 famine.Fortunately for the reader, Conquest spends only one chapter on the statistics of the affair One major part of the book examines the process of how and why the aggressive crop seizures took place in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan took place Here Conquest takes advantage of fairly conventional archival material to create the narrative of the famine Finally another substantial section of the book is devoted to testimonials of those who witnessed the events in the Ukraine.The Harvest of Death is an extremely important book that deserves the widest possible audience It describes a phenomenon that was repeated in China during the Great Leap Forward where estimates put the death toll between 15 and 45 million and in Pol Pot s Cambodia where 3 to 6 million died of hunger in the 1970s

  5. Piker7977 says:

    An important book that exposes the atrocities committed against Ukraine in the forms of de kulakization and grain requisitioning Imprisonment, death, famine, and economic depravation were employed against the Ukrainian nationstate as means of political warfare by the Stalinist regime Although unaware of what genocidal consequences these policies would have at first, Conquest s conclusions do not absolve Stalin of these crimes through ignorance or confusion The fact that their implementation c An important book that exposes the atrocities committed against Ukraine in the forms of de kulakization and grain requisitioning Imprisonment, death, famine, and economic depravation were employed against the Ukrainian nationstate as means of political warfare by the Stalinist regime Although unaware of what genocidal consequences these policies would have at first, Conquest s conclusions do not absolve Stalin of these crimes through ignorance or confusion The fact that their implementation continued during the height on the famine, and similar policies to follow after the Second World War, is logical enough to hold the U.S.S.R accountable What is most interesting is Conquest s perspectives on how the Ukrainian famine was not seriously acknowledged by the Soviet Union as a means of moving forward and improving their system Such a horrible event coincides with the denial of valuable market mechanisms, agricultural science, and the idea of truth itself alongside the millions who perished during this event This was not only the work of the Soviet misinformation apparatus, but also the negligence of Western news sources who swept much of this information under the rug The Harvest of Sorrow is still an important book 30 plus years after its publication because it exposes appalling political crimes in an age where truth is just as fragile as it was during the 1930s Plus, it reminds us of what means of warfare are available to leaders who wish to channel their predecessors From a BBC article released on 4 18 2019 The respected Levada Center polled Russians aged 18 and above in 137 towns and cities in March The result 51% respect, like or admire Stalin.

  6. DoctorM says:

    A classic and a vital part of anyone s library on 20th c Russia A horrifying account of what Stalin and the Party apparatus never never never think it was all Stalin alone did to the Russian peasantry as part of forced industrialisation crushing the peasantry in order to extract the surplus that would feed the cities and the workers needed for the manic industrial growth projected under the 5 Year Plans, exporting grain to pay for building up Soviet industry even while the countrysi A classic and a vital part of anyone s library on 20th c Russia A horrifying account of what Stalin and the Party apparatus never never never think it was all Stalin alone did to the Russian peasantry as part of forced industrialisation crushing the peasantry in order to extract the surplus that would feed the cities and the workers needed for the manic industrial growth projected under the 5 Year Plans, exporting grain to pay for building up Soviet industry even while the countryside starved, shattering by main force and terror any chance the peasantry might have had to defend itself The Russian peasantry had been squeezed before under the tsars to pay for railroads and industry, but Conquest highlights the idea of deliberate terror designed not just to feed the cities at the expense of the Russian countryside, but to wage a kind of one sided civil war that would destroy any hint of separatism in the Ukraine or any hope of the peasantry establishing its own political rights Stalin s plans, unlike those of, say Count Witte in the 1890s, required mobilizing the Party to wage war on the peasantry required creating a kind of hysteria around collectivisation and industrialisation that would give the Party control down to the smallest village Harvest of Sorrow is a powerful book, and it deserves to be on the shelves of anyone who cares about Russia or about the nightmare of the last century

  7. Nicole Timko says:

    I m a person of Ukrainian descent on both parents sides of the family I first learned about this horrific event in 2nd year university when I took a course on Poland and Ukraine As much as people blame Stalin and he is to blame for most things, but this didn t just happen in Ukraine and be careful not to say the Ukraine It isn t a province, it s a country but it happened in Russia itself There wasn t just dekulakization in Ukraine It happened in the farm lands in Russia as well Conquest I m a person of Ukrainian descent on both parents sides of the family I first learned about this horrific event in 2nd year university when I took a course on Poland and Ukraine As much as people blame Stalin and he is to blame for most things, but this didn t just happen in Ukraine and be careful not to say the Ukraine It isn t a province, it s a country but it happened in Russia itself There wasn t just dekulakization in Ukraine It happened in the farm lands in Russia as well Conquest has since retracted his opinions in this book and said it was purely based on economics of the day I do think that Stalin was attacking Ukrainian nationalism, but he was also attacking Russian peasants nationalism as well Stalin only cared about feeding the people in Moscow The memorial of this tragic event is known as the Holodomor and is recognized by 13 states as an act of genocide

  8. Carolyn says:

    It is a curious thing, but the public schools do not teach anything about this subject in their history classes This book should be required reading It is not an easy read any way you look at it, but it is an important book Please pick it up and give it a read.

  9. Trevor says:

    The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership of land and the concentration of the remaining peasants in party controlled collective farms This was followed in 1932 33 by a terror famine, The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership of land and the concentration of the remaining peasants in party controlled collective farms This was followed in 1932 33 by a terror famine, inflicted by the State on the collectivized peasants of the Ukraine and certain other areas by setting impossibly high grain quotas, removing every other source of food, and preventing help from outside even from other areas of the Soviet Union from reaching the starving populace The death toll resulting from the actions described in this book was an estimated 14.5 millionthan the total number of deaths for all countries in World War I.Ambitious, meticulously researched, and lucidly written, The Harvest of Sorrow is a deeply moving testament to those who died, and will register in the Western consciousness a sense of the dark side of this century s history

  10. Mark McDonnell says:

    Conquest clearly explains the precursors to famine, the tragedy itself, and its aftermath Many first hand accounts are quoted, often at length, from both victims and government activists, allowing for an intimate understanding of specific people s experiences in context Conquest also writes of the West s knowledge of and reaction to the famine, including a description of Stalin s tactics of obfuscation Statistics are offered frequently Harvest of Sorrow reads as a relatively objective acco Conquest clearly explains the precursors to famine, the tragedy itself, and its aftermath Many first hand accounts are quoted, often at length, from both victims and government activists, allowing for an intimate understanding of specific people s experiences in context Conquest also writes of the West s knowledge of and reaction to the famine, including a description of Stalin s tactics of obfuscation Statistics are offered frequently Harvest of Sorrow reads as a relatively objective account of the relevant event and its context It is accessible to readers with limited background knowledge of Soviet history, though many names of officials, which go unintroduced in the book, will be unfamiliar

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