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Climate Dependence and Food Problems in Russia, 1900-1990
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Between 1900 and 1990 there were several periods of grain and other food shortages in Russia and the former Soviet Union, some of which reached disaster proportions resulting in mass famine and death on an unprecedented scale. New stocks of information not previously accessible as well as traditional official and other sources have been used to explore the extent to which policy and vagaries in climate conspired to affect agricultural yields. Were the leaders' (Stalin, Krushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev) policies sound in theory but failed in practice because of unpredictable weather? How did the Soviet peasants react to these changes? What impact did Soviet agriculture have on the overall economy of the country? These are all questions that are taken into account. The book is arranged in chapters representing different time periods. In each the policy of the central government is discussed followed by the climate vagaries during that period. Crop yields are then analyzed in the light of policy and climate.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction: climate and agriculture in Russia
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter 2: The availability and reliability of statistical agricultural data for Russia
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. Chapter 3: The pre-revolutionary period (1900–1916)
  2. pp. 31-68
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  1. Chapter 4: The post-revolutionary period (1917–1928)
  2. pp. 69-108
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  1. Chapter 5: The collectivization of Soviet agriculture (1929–1940)
  2. pp. 109-154
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  1. Chapter 6: The post-war recovery period (1945–1954)
  2. pp. 155-170
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  1. Chapter 7: The virgin lands campaign (1955–1964)
  2. pp. 171-217
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  1. Chapter 8: The period of agricultural intensification (1965–1975)
  2. pp. 219-266
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  1. Chapter 9: The period of agricultural stagnation (1976–1990)
  2. pp. 267-333
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 335-339
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 341-343
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  1. References
  2. pp. 345-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-366
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  1. Back Cover
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