The Soviet Famine of 1946-47 in Global and Historical Perspective by N. Ganson

The Soviet Famine of 1946-47 in Global and Historical Perspective

byN. Ganson

Hardcover | May 19, 2009

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This book illuminates a little-known but tremendously significant twentieth-century crisis in the Soviet Union. Drawing on archival materials declassified since the fall of communism, Nicholas Ganson situates the famine of 1946-47 at the crossroads of Soviet social and political history, World War II, the Cold War, ideology, and famine in the modern world. He sheds light on the perspectives of Soviet elites and gives voice to the famine’s victims. In revealing the multi-causality of the postwar hunger, this ambitious work challenges the received wisdom about the relationship between politics and famine. 

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Nicholas Ganson is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Title:The Soviet Famine of 1946-47 in Global and Historical PerspectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:May 19, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230613330

ISBN - 13:9780230613331

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PART I: ORIGINS OF THE CRISIS * Tracing the Roots of the Failed 1946 Harvest * PART II: SOCIETAL IMPACT AND OFFICIAL POLICIES * Exploring the Causes of Child Mortality * Food Shortages and Ration Reforms in the Towns and Cities: Moscow and Beyond * None Dare Call It Resistance?: Coping, Opposition, and the Soviet State * PART III: THE CRISIS IN BROADER PERSPECTIVE * The Famine, the Dawn of the Cold War, and the Politics of Food * The Soviet Famine of 1946-47 in the Context of Russian History * Placing the Famine of 1946-47 in Global Context

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“The story of the 1946-47 Soviet famine has largely been ignored by historians and economists and this is the first major account of the event in English by a Western scholar. Nicholas Ganson has meticulously pieced together archival evidence as well as previously published material to describe and analyze the causes and consequences of the famine. A generally illuminating account of a significant aspect of the Soviet experience after World War II.”—The Russian Review“Ganson has filled a glaring void in our understanding of the postwar Soviet famine and, in the process, of various aspects of late Stalinist policies and society. But the book is more than a treatment of the famine. Ganson has provided readers with insights into various related issues that set the broad stage for the famine, ranging from the consequences of wartime destruction of the USSR, to climatic factors, to economic policies and policy choices (Hobsonian choices), to popular behavior…Given that the English-language literature on this famine is meager, it will become the standard work.”--William J. Chase, Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh