By N. Ganson
This e-book illuminates a little-known yet vastly major twentieth-century predicament within the Soviet Union. Drawing on archival fabrics declassified because the fall of communism, Nicholas Ganson situates the famine of 1946-47 on the crossroads of Soviet social and political historical past, global battle II, the chilly battle, ideology, and famine within the glossy international. He sheds mild at the views of Soviet elites and provides voice to the famine’s sufferers. In revealing the multi-causality of the postwar starvation, this formidable paintings demanding situations the acquired knowledge in regards to the courting among politics and famine.
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Five or fewer weevils per kilogram of grain constituted ﬁrst-degree infestation. Six to ten per kilogram was considered second-degree. Third-degree infestation meant that there were more than ten weevils per kilogram. The Agricultural Section of the Central Committee allowed the Commissariat of Procurements to process grain with second-degree infestation—something it had not done even during the war—and to use it for local consumption. 91 The rotting of grain and delays in its transport had at least two signiﬁcant repercussions: ﬁrst, they left much of the population of the country without bread for days and sometimes weeks on end in early 1946, on the heels of a rather small harvest in 1945.
At the same time, the tremendous strain on the country’s resources and exceedingly difﬁcult dilemmas facing the Soviet leadership in the postwar years prevent us from classifying the postwar hunger as classically man-made. The claim that there was enough grain to feed everyone and that the famine was, therefore, man-made, overlooks the vast devastation of the war and the limitations of the system of distribution. We must be careful not to unwittingly buy into the Stalin cult: the Soviet leader was neither all-knowing nor all-powerful and could not have halted the famine at a whim.
To give agriculture a large amount of tractors and agricultural machinery without sacriﬁcing the interests of railway transport, metallurgy, and fuel. This will allow us to very quickly solve our agricultural problems, recover to prewar gross yields of both grain and technical crops in two to three years, bringing an end to shortages of produce and agricultural raw materials in the country, as well as insufﬁcient compensation for workdays earned in collective farms, and seed shortages, and will open the path to progress in animal breeding.