The Role of Leadership Perceptions and of Intent in the Soviet Famine of 1931 – 1934

  title={The Role of Leadership Perceptions and of Intent in the Soviet Famine of 1931 – 1934},
  author={M. Ellman},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={823 - 841}
  • M. Ellman
  • Published 2005
  • Economics
  • Europe-Asia Studies
  • [Lenin in 1891 – 92] spoke out sharply and definitely against feeding the starving. His position, to the extent that I can now remember it, and I remember it well since I frequently argued with him about it, was as follows. The famine is the direct result of a definite social system. While that system exists such famines are inevitable. To eliminate famines is possible, but only by destroying this system. Being in this sense inevitable, the current famine is playing the role of a progressive… CONTINUE READING
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    • 1937
    As Davies & Wheatcroft, The Years of Hunger
      As far as the purpose of the 1933 deportations is concerned
      • 1933
      Carr's remark refers explicitly to 'collectivisation', not the famine, but the 'brutalities and abuses' he refers to may well have included not just 'dekulakisation' but also the subsequent famine
      • 1961
      Extracts from the speeches of Stalin and Molotov at this meeting were published in V
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      • 2004
      For a study of the leadership's (not very successful) attempts to feed the workers during the famine see Ibid
        For example, it seems that the British government was involved in the assassination of Darlan in 1942; see D. Reynolds
        • 2004
        For the text see Tragediya sovetskoi derevni