Victory over the Peasantry: Losses of Population during the Collectivization

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Pobeda nad derevnei: Demograficheskie poteri kollektivizatsii

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S153

Note: This talk will be delivered in Russian. The Q&A section will take place in English

As a result of collectivization was the formation of the Soviet Union’s centralized political, social, and economic pyramid. It was a second civil war – a war of the poor against the prosperous, of the city against the village, of the state against the residents of rural areas. The state sought to gain total control over the production and distribution of agricultural products. To achieve this end, the state had to control the life and death of the peasant. This battle culminated in the tragic Famine of 1931-1933 – millions perished.  But victory over the peasantry was total.

Alexander Babyonуshev (Sergeу Макsudovis an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and taught in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (1988-2003). Born in the USSR, he emigrated to the United States in 1981. He is the author of Poteri naseleniya SSSR (Benson, Vt., 1989), Neuslyshanny Golosa:dokumenty Smolenskogo archiva (Ann Arbor, 1987), is the editor of Sakharovskii sbornik (1981, 1991, 2011), Chechentsy I russkie: pobedy, porazheniya, poteri (Moscow, 2010), Slepye povodyri, (2012), Podvodya Itogi  (2017), Pobeda nad derevnei: demograficheskie  poteri kollektivizatsii (Sotsium, 2019). He is also the author of several dozen articles on collectivization, population losses, and the history of Ukraine and Russia.


Sergeу Макsudov (Alexander Babyonуshev), Author; Center Associate, Davis Center

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