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Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939

David L. Hoffmann


Under Joseph Stalin's leadership, the Soviet government carried out a massive number of deportations, incarcerations, and executions. Paradoxically, at the very moment that Soviet authorities were killing thousands of individuals, they were also engaged in an enormous pronatalist campaign to boost the population. Even as the number of repressions grew exponentially, Communist Party leaders enacted sweeping social welfare and public health measures to safeguard people's well-being. Extensive state surveillance of the population went hand in hand with literacy campaigns, political education, and ... More

Keywords: social welfare, Joseph Stalin, Soviet government, Communist Party, public health, Stalinist regime, social policies, socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801446290
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801446290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. Hoffmann, author
The Ohio State University.

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