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Have to put the forced collectivization under Stalin into context.  The New Economic Policy jump started the Russian economy and could have led to a Social Democratic-like political system.  Stalin allied with the Top/Down authoritarian wing of the Bolshevik Party in order to kick-out Bukharin and the 'westernizer' Wing.  

The payoff to the authoritarians was the Central Plan type of political-economic methodology which necessarily meant collectivization of agriculture and the suppression and liquidation of the kulaks.    

Since the Ukraine did relatively well under the NEP it did worse under the new, imposed, system.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 07:15:52 PM EST
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