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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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Animal Farms

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Works in Progress

Jenny Leigh Smith

Yale University Press

The death of Joseph Stalin resulted to the installation of Nikita Khrushchev as the new leader of the Soviet Union. Alongside this, the Soviet government adopted a different approach for improving the efficiency of the countryside and agricultural productivity. Khrushchev, who was born and raised in the countryside, knew very well the intricacies involved in agriculture. This chapter focuses on the reforms Khrushchev instituted to upgrade agriculture, fuelled by his desire for the Soviet Union to surpass the United States in the production of milk and meat. With this in mind, the Ministry of Agriculture reiterated how the application of science and technology could help improve agriculture. True enough, the developments applied to Soviet farm animals illustrate the mastery of the state of modern agriculture.

Keywords:   Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union, agriculture, United States, milk, meat, science and technology, farm animals

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