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Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941

Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen


This is the first history of the Jewish agricultural colonies that were established in Crimea and southern Ukraine in 1924 and which, fewer than twenty years later, ended in tragedy. It opens a window on Soviet rural life during these turbulent years and documents the relations that developed among the American-Jewish sponsors of the ambitious project, the Soviet authorities, and the colonists themselves. Drawing on extensive and largely untouched archives, and a wealth of previously unpublished oral histories, the book revises what has been understood about these agricultural settlements. It ... More

Keywords: agricultural colonies, Jews, Crimea, Ukraine, rural life, agricultural settlements, integration, separation, international relations, colonists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300103311
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300103311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen, author