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Works in ProgressPlans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963$
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Jenny Leigh Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300200690

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300200690.001.0001

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(p.x) (p.1) Introduction
Works in Progress

Jenny Leigh Smith

Yale University Press

Looking at attempts of the Soviet Union in the mid-20th century to install changes in its agricultural system illustrates discrepancies that existed at that time between plans and reality. Although it is noted here that this move failed, it is clear that Soviet planners did not intend to invent a polluting, wasteful, and unreliable agricultural system. It is clear that the Soviet government believed that by modernizing the agricultural system, the country would gain in terms of productivity. The introduction examines the victories and failures of the Soviet Union in its desire to uplift the country's agricultural sector. It sheds light on the factors that shaped the nation, particularly how wars affected the country and how the process of collectivization was initiated.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, agriculture, agricultural system, collectivization, wars, modernization, Soviet planners

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