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Awakening to Crisis

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

in Cold Peace

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165814
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165814.003.0007
 Awakening to Crisis

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Stalin and his coterie's pursuit of their own goals left large swathes of their country in dire poverty. As became apparent from the mounting flow of complaints to the center, some sectors of the economy, most notably agriculture and the labor camp system were — after years of relentless exploitation — on the verge of crisis. This chapter examines the leadership's response to these signs of crisis. It focuses on these two policy areas that presented particular problems to the leadership in the late Stalin era and that would subsequently lie at the heart of the new course followed by the post-Stalin leadership.

Keywords: Stalin; poverty; labor camp system; food supply; the Gulag

Chapter.  9356 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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