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Red Bread: Collectivization in a Russian Village


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First published in 1931 and long out of print, Red Bread is Russian-born journalist Maurice Hindus's account of his return to his native village in 1929-30 to see for himself how Stalin's collectivization campaign was transforming the lives of the peasants among whom he had grown up in prerevolutionary times. This warm and human narrative conveys in personal and immediate terms his peasant neighbors' responses to being forced out of a centuries-old way of life and into the unfamiliar social setting and industrialized large-scale agriculture of the kolkhoz. Convinced that collectivized farming would bring Russian agriculture and the Russian peasant into the modern age, Hindus was nonetheless deeply troubled by the huge social cost and personal suffering inflicted by Stalin's ruthless campaign. Red Bread contributes an invaluable grassroots perspective on the era's dynamism and despair to the current discussion of the Soviet historical experience in the Soviet Union and the West.

About the Author

Ronald Grigor Suny is Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan. His many books include The Making of the Georgian Nation (IUP, 1994).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Nadya's letter

Chapter 2. Gathering of the storm

Chapter 3. Spirit of Sunday

Chapter 4. Coming of the storm

Chapter 5. Moscow marches on

Chapter 6. Beyond the pale

Chapter 7. Daily ordeal

Chapter 8. "The return of the native"

Chapter 9. Voice of the mass

Chapter 10. White wedding

Chapter 11. Kolhoz

Chapter 12. New and the old

Chapter 13. Koolack

Chapter 14. Puzzled little father

Chapter 15. Landlord herdsman

Chapter 16. New girl

Chapter 17. Gipsy Rosa

Chapter 18. Farewell visit

Chapter 19. Red bread

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Hindus, Maurice
Indiana University Press
Foreword by:
Suny, Ronald Grigor
Suny, Ronald Grigor
Suny, Ronald Grigor
Bloomington, IN
Collectivization of agriculture
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Bolshe-Bykovo (Russia) - History
Russia-General Russian History
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Eurasian Studies; East European; History; Russia; Russian; Twentieth Century or Later
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Midland Book ed.
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