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The Stalin Era (Routledge Sources in History) by Philip Boobbyer

By Philip Boobbyer

This e-book presents a wide-ranging background of each element of Stalin's dictatorship over the peoples of the Soviet Union. Drawing upon a major array of fundamental and secondary resources, The Stalin Era is a first-hand account of Stalinist inspiration, coverage and and their results. It areas the fellow and his ideology into context either inside of pre-Revolutionary Russia, Lenin's Soviet Union and post-Stalinist Russia. The Stalin Era examines:

* collectivisation
* industrialisation
* terror
* government
* the Cult of Stalin
* schooling and Science
* family
* faith: The Russian Orthodox Church
* paintings and the nation.

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Why? Because we did not yet have in the countryside strong points in the form of a wide network of state farms and collective farms which could be the basis for a determined offensive against the kulaks. Because at that time we were not yet able to replace the capitalist production of the kulaks by the socialist production of the collective farms and state farms. In 1926–1927, the Zinoviev-Trotsky opposition did its utmost to impose on the Party the policy of an immediate offensive against the kulaks.

The question of the smychka is under present conditions above all a question of industrialization . . The fact is that under the guise of a union of the poor peasantry with the middle peasant, we observe steadily and regularly the political subordination of the poor peasantry to the middle peasants, and through them to the kulaks. Source: Robert Daniels, A Documentary History of Communism, vol. 1, 1985, pp. 187–8. At the 15th Party Conference in October 1926, when Trotsky was expelled from the Politburo, the opposition tried to present their arguments but were denied the right to speak.

Rykov Source: ‘Znaio, Chto Vy ne Nuzhdaetsia v Pokhvaklakh’, Istochnik, no. 6, 1994, pp. 85–6. Bukharin had been on the left of the party during the early Civil War years, but during NEP his outlook had become more moderate. He was prepared to countenance a mixed economy, and argued that a rich peasantry would provide a good base for the industrialisation of the country. He argued that a large income for agriculture would lead to increased revenue for state industry. In January 1929, on the fifth anniversary of Lenin’s death, he wrote an essay, ‘The Political Testament of Lenin’.

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