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The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan

Sarah Cameron


This book examines the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, one of the most heinous and poorly understood crimes of the Stalinist regime. As part of a radical social engineering scheme, Josef Stalin sought to settle the Kazakh nomads and force them into collective farms. More than 1.5 million people perished as a result, a quarter of Soviet Kazakhstan’s population, and the crisis transformed a territory the size of continental Europe. Drawing upon a wide range of sources in Russian and in Kazakh, the book brings this largely unknown story to light, revealing its devastating consequences for Kazakh societ ... More

Keywords: Kazakhstan, famine, nomads, Josef Stalin, violence, Soviet Union, collectivization, nationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501730436
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501730436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Cameron, author
University of Maryland, College Park