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Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963

Jenny Leigh Smith


This book investigates the gap between the plans and the reality of the Soviet Union's mid-20th-century project to industrialize and modernize its agricultural system. Historians agree that the project failed badly: agriculture was inefficient, unpredictable, and environmentally devastating for the entire Soviet period. Yet assigning the blame exclusively to Soviet planners would be off the mark. The real story is much more complicated and interesting, this book reveals. Using case studies from five Soviet regions, it does not only acknowledge hubris and short-sightedness where it occurred, bu ... More

Keywords: Soviet Union, Soviet period, agricultural system, industrialization, modernization, Soviet planners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300200690
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300200690.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny Leigh Smith, author
Georgia Institute of Technology