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Collectivization and dekulakization destroyed the Russian village and, with it, what remained of the peasants’ traditional life. Together with rapid industrialization and the implementation of economic planning, the two campaigns helped bring about the reconstitution of Soviet society along highly c...

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Published in: The Voice of the People p. 362
Main Authors: C. J. Storella, A. K. Sokolov
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Yale University Press 02-05-2013
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Summary: Collectivization and dekulakization destroyed the Russian village and, with it, what remained of the peasants’ traditional life. Together with rapid industrialization and the implementation of economic planning, the two campaigns helped bring about the reconstitution of Soviet society along highly centralized and authoritarian lines. The ruling elite, with Stalin and his supporters firmly at the helm, now employed every means at their disposal to mobilize all necessary resources—human and otherwise—in their mission to build socialism. Proceeding at breakneck speed, this cruel and ruthless process reinforced the hardness, if not callousness, of officials at all levels of the state,
ISBN: 9780300112337
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