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Every Farm a FactoryThe Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture$
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Deborah Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001

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Collectivization and Industrialization: Learning From the Soviets

Collectivization and Industrialization: Learning From the Soviets

(p.157) Chapter 6 Collectivization and Industrialization: Learning From the Soviets
Every Farm a Factory

Deborah Fitzgerald

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the international dimensions of early industrial agriculture. Ideas and techniques developed in America were used in establishing the collective farms in the Soviet Union. From 1927 to 1932, between 1,000 and 2,000 American technical experts went to the Soviet Union as advisers to the Soviet government. Many were sent there to assemble and service machinery, set up factories, or instruct Soviet workers in engineering. Companies such as General Electric, Ford, and Caterpillar sent mechanics, engineers, and executives for a few months or even a few years. The chapter reveals that in spite of the brief amount of time these agriculturalists spent in the Soviet Union and despite their collective lack of influence in world affairs, their experiences had a powerful effect on American agriculture in the 1930s.

Keywords:   industrial agriculture, collective farms, technical experts, agriculturists, world affairs

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