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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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The Old and the New

The Old and the New

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Works in Progress

Jenny Leigh Smith

Yale University Press

Projects aimed at improving agriculture in the Soviet Union during the post-war period focused particularly on the Ukraine, the Black Earth Region south of Moscow, and central Russia. This chapter focuses on how agricultural reforms were able to be instituted in a place where agriculture was a secondary consideration, such as in this case Irkutsk Oblast in Siberia. It examines the history of agriculture and collective farms in Irkutsk Oblast. The chapter observes that the Soviet government had limited options in terms of enhancing the productive efficiency or capacity of that area. The chapter also tells how the Ministry of Agriculture promoted hunting programs, and how this enabled the Soviet state to successfully redefine its political and economic control over Irkutsk Oblast.

Keywords:   Irkutsk Oblast, agricultural reforms, collective farms, agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, hunting programs, Soviet Union

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