Intentional: The Causes and Consequences of the Holodomor

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Essay written November 2016 for HIST 2600A – The History of Russia. My professor, Dr. Carter Elwood, said it was well written and argued, especially for a second year essay, though he disagreed with the thesis. 

By Connor Oke

Between 1932 and 1933, large areas of the Soviet Union faced a devastating man-made famine that killed millions of people.[1] A majority of them were Ukrainian, which has lead to speculation that the Soviet leadership had intentionally caused the famine in order to disrupt the rise of Ukrainian nationalism and to decrease the power of the peasantry. In Ukraine, this event has come to be known as the Holodomor, which translates from Ukrainian as, “Death by hunger.” Many historians and politicians claim that the famine should be considered a genocide against the Ukrainian people. Historians and political bodies have since passionately debated the intents of Joseph Stalin and the rest…

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