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

  • Authors
  • Nicholas Ganson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Origins of the Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Societal Impact and Official Policies

  4. The Crisis in Broader Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Nicholas Ganson
      Pages 149-151
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-218

About this book


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.


history Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) World War II

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