Stalin, Siberia and the Crisis of the New Economic Policy (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies)

Stalin, Siberia and the Crisis of the New Economic Policy (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies)

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James Hughes
Cambridge University Press, 1991-07-26
EAN 9780521380393, ISBN10: 0521380391

Hardcover, 280 pages, 15 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm

This book makes an important contribution to the current re-evaluation of the origins of Stalinism. Although it is widely acknowledged by Western scholars that the Soviet grain crisis of 1927–8 and Stalin’s Siberian tour of January 1928 were crucial factors in the decision to abandon the New Economic Policy (NEP) and return to a more ideologically rigid policy of collectivisation and rapid industrialisation, studies have hitherto concentrated on the role of leading personalities and ‘high politics’. In this book, Dr James Hughes presents an in depth examination of the crisis of the NEP from the regional perspective of Siberia and analyses the events and pressures ‘from below’, at the grassroots level of Soviet society. Using publications of the Siberian party and statistical investigations of the countryside, Dr Hughes offers new insights into several largely uncharted features of the Soviet system in these years.

"...Hughes has provided the best discussion of the grain procurement crisis and campaign available in English...this book is an extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of the political, social and economic underpinnings of the NEP crisis, as well as a landmark in Soviet regional history in the West." Lynne Viola, Russian Review