Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

Red Famine Stalin s War on Ukraine 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 In Stalin launched his policy of agr

  • Title: Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
  • Author: Anne Applebaum
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  • Page: 348
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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 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 famiFrom 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 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 5 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 than 3 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.

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    1. "It is strictly forbidden to bury people here." -outskirts of Kharkiv, 1933This is not the first original volume in English on what is now called the Holodomor, also called the 'Terror-Famine'. That would be Robert Conquest's study, 'The Harvest of Sorrow', which saved it from sliding down the memory hole. While that first book was seminal in its time, this new study builds on it with archival research, new memoirs, further testimonies, (and the work of a small army of Ukrainian historians), now [...]

    2. Although this book is about the ‘Holodomor’ (the word is derived from the Ukrainian words, ‘holod’ or ‘hunger’ and ‘mor’ or extermination) or famine of 1932-33, it is actually about much more than that. It is about the repression of the Ukrainian intellectual and political class, of the Sovietisation of Ukraine, the collectivisation of agriculture and the attempts to wipe out Ukrainian culture and language. Ironically, it was the fertile soil and relatively mild climate of Ukrain [...]

    3. Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum is the history of Russian-Ukranian relations from 1917- 1934 centering on Russian atrocities. Applebaum is an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize–winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. She is a visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she runs Arena, a project on propaganda and disinformation. She has also been an editor [...]

    4. This book has two interrelated themes - Ukraine’s path toward independence and the famine that occurred there 1932-1933.The history of Ukraine and Russia must be viewed together, and so the Bolshevik Revolution, the Civil War that followed, first Lenin’s and then Stalin’s reign are discussed too. The book starts in 1917 and concludes in the present. The famine that occurred 1921-1922, and for which international aid was given, came to be followed by the Great Famine of 1932-1933. The latte [...]

    5. A wrenching and thorough account of the way Stalin created the famine that killed easily 3.5 million Ukrainians, and maybe far more. The eyewitness testimonies of the starvation are devastating. The last chapter is an especially interesting discussion of where the famine fits in the history of Genocide. For anyone interested in the history of the first decades of the Soviet Union, this is a must-read.

    6. Red Famine – Stalin’s War on UkraineAs someone from a Polish family who before the Second World War lived in the Kresy (East Poland now in Ukraine) it has always surprised me how little of this war against Ukraine and her people is not widely known in the West. My Grandfather often used it as an example of how evil Stalin was in the way he allowed policy, to kill people and relieve him of a troublesome part of the country of its affluence.As a child, he lived in Podwołoczyska, a border town [...]

    7. Ann Applebaum does not disappoint. A thorough account of the most terrifying times in the history of Ukraine. Superb panorama and the background. Ms Applebaum presents us with not just the several years of the famine itself but also explains in detail the reasons behind the tragedy of millions of innocent people. The Author colleced accounts by ordinary people, and some are truly horryfing, making us aware of the fact that often our own suffering makes us immune to the suffering of others.

    8. Anne Applebaum's Red Famine is an important history of the Ukraine (and USSR by default). Applebaum provides meaningful context beginning with the 1917 Ukrainian Revolution, famine of the 1920s, Stalin's agricultural collectivation policies of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and Ukrainian nationalist sentiment and peasant resistance prior to focusing on the terror famine known as the Holodomor occurring between 1932 and 1934. Holodomor is a term derived from two Ukrainian words for hunger and ex [...]

    9. Superb authoritative examination of the famine in the Ukraine. Meticulously researched, detailed, accessible and often shocking, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Ukraine and Russia, the relationship between the two countries and the current tense situation.

    10. This is a wonderful book on a really horrible subject - the famine in the Ukraine in the early 1930s (1932-33 in particular). The argument is that this was not just a matter of bad luck for the millions who died but a matter of murderous state policy on the part of the USSR towards the population of Ukraine - that this was a case of genocide in its original general meaning. Given the history of the Ukraine having resisted the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War and having resisted collectivizati [...]

    11. For me, as a person whose relatives suffered in this disaster, it was very difficult to read this book. But it is necessary to read such studies. To remind yourself of the evil that is possible in this world. How a totalitarian regime can justify any cruelty, normalize the killing of millions of people in the name of a certain ideology. To remind yourself of this, so that you never let this happen again.

    12. As a student of history, (my dissertation was on the factors behind the collapse of the USSR) I had not before come across a book that dealt specifically with not only the 1933 Famine in Ukraine, but also behind Stalin and the Bolshevik's obsession with destroying any lingering notion of Ukraine nationality and national identity. There have been books dedicated to the famine in Russia, and other parts of the Soviet Union, but not one that focuses explicitly on Ukraine. The trove of new informati [...]

    13. This is a well laid out book that covers a very large and important piece of Russian and Ukranian history . It is very compelling reading and I think would be an invaluable book for those who want to know more regarding this area.I know very little about the Ukraine and the atrocities that were committed upon it and it’s people. I have vague memories from very generalised history lessons at school as a teenager. But now, after reading this account of events, I am aware of the depths people hav [...]

    14. Very insightful book, specifically due to highly vivid and thorough description of the pre-history starting from 1917 and the reasons which led to the famine. Last chapter is the must-read to all contemporary ukrainians

    15. This is a very good overview of what caused the Famine, the experience of it, and how it's been remembered (or mis-remembered). Applebaum has a few early chapters looking at the Ukraine under communist rule before the Fame. Well, it's more than a few chapters and it goes a little long to be considered just "early" in the book, but it serves as a good backdrop. Initially, the Soviet government had to worry about breakaway tendencies in the Ukraine. There was some Ukrainian nationalism and they su [...]

    16. DevastatingThis book has a central and very well developed point. Stalin, and the Bolshevik hierarchy that supported him, made a deliberate and systematic effort to murder millions. The reason was political and the results genocidal. Well explained and documented as to the history before, during and after the famine, her work is an indictment of devastating power. But, despite its broad reach, it does have a thesis feel to it, a sense of, Well we are going to examine just this slice" of Stalin t [...]

    17. The Ukrainian famine, described as the Holodomor--combining the Ukrainian words for hunger--holod--and extermination--mor, claimed the lives of some 3.9 million Ukrainians. This scholarly history provides the details of how this was orchestrated by Stalin, from Moscow. The word genocide may have a specific legal definition, but there's no doubt this was a moral genocide perpetuated on Stalin's orders. The excuses and justifications made for this, both domestically and internationally, are appeal [...]

    18. I recommend this for people who have at least a general background of modern Russian history, Stalin, and genocide studies, but anyone could learn from this book. Applebaum does a great job, particularly in her epilogue, to show the reader how a famine was artificially orchestrated by Stalin to attempt to destroy Ukrainian nationalism and identity and how he failed. This is a great read for someone who still believes the narrative that collectivization was what caused famine. Applebaum will conv [...]

    19. Is it possible to rate such a comprehensive account of an extraordinary event in world history anything less than 5 stars, surely not.“Many reviewers expressed astonishment that they knew so little about such a deadly tragedy”I put my hand up; I was one of those people. Stalin, USSR, communism… These were all words I knew about, thought I understood to some extent, but wow, my eyes have been opened. Thank you.I must admit that early on in the book I thought I had bitten off more than I can [...]

    20. This was an insightful book. It was sad to hear about the conditions communism caused the people. The part about cannibalism was very depressing. It is interesting to see how Russia today still does similar things to its neighbors.

    21. I believe this book was very well sourced, well written and it certainly connects with the reader. Not at all dry, very engaging.Anyone familiar with the history of the USSR, from 1917 onwards, will not be surprised by the actions taken by Stalin in the Ukraine. Honestly, it seemed to me to be typical of Stalin's behavior in every occupied nation. Collectivism, starvation, siphoning of local resources which were then reallocated, (often abroad) persecution of the political and intellectual class [...]

    22. Such a great book! Riveting, fair, and completely uninterested in settling for easy answers. Applebaum knows how to keep her focus on what's important, and keeps her narrative lean, efficient, and straightforward. Red Famine isn't fodder for debate—it's authoritative history. Good stuff.

    23. I'd be lying if I said some of this wasn't a little over my head; my knowledge of this period isn't as great as many others. But you know what, now it just might be! If there was ever anything you could possibly want answered about this tragic part of history, or any theories you might have bashing around in your head like I did - this book will certainly touch upon all of it, and then some. The famine, or Holodomor, of 1932 to 1933 is largely where this book stems from, but actually the topics [...]

    24. It is a very painful topic for the Ukrainian people Having a family who had suffered from Holodomor, it is especially difficult not feel angry at all the atrocities committed by the Soviet government. All I can add is that history is here to learn from it and never repeat it again. Despite everything, Ukraine has a bright future in front of it, and as much as many people would like it, this future is separate from the Russian state and Russian influence.

    25. Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book as an arc.This is an excellent historical journey charting the relationship between communist Russia and Ukraine between WW1 and the mid 1930s. Stalin's treatment of the people of Ukraine is absolutely horrifying, he enforces starvation and death on the people due to his policies. This is a period in history that wasn't even acknowledged until recently and it is an extremely interesting and informative read. It also goes a long way to [...]

    26. For decades, knowledge of the Holodomor was suppressed or dismissed as a hoax. In Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, 1921-1933, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Applebaum was able to take newly available archival and oral material and build on the work of previous scholars’ work to create a throughout history of what Sovietization did to Ukraine. It is a harrowing read because all of the suffering and death could have been avoided if Stalin had bowed to reality and reversed his impossibl [...]

    27. “The starvation of the human body, once it begins, always follows the same course. In the first phase, the body consumes its stores of glucose. Feelings of extreme hunger set in, along with constant thoughts of food. In the second phase, which can last for several weeks, the body begins to consume its own fats, and the organism weakens drastically. In the third phase, the body devours its own proteins, cannibalising tissues and muscles. Eventually, the skin becomes thin, the eyes become disten [...]

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