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The Famine Of 1946-1947 Summary

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In "The Famine of 1946-1947," by Seventeen Moments In Soviet History, the third most major period of famine is least known about because of the Soviet Union 's control over information after World War II and because of historians preoccupations with the history of Soviet Union. One of the causes of famine was the Great Patriotic War, which deprived Soviet Union 's agriculture and many resources. By 1945, the number of men, horses, and the sown area decreased because of the war; by the end of the war, men came in smaller amounts either because of casualties, some men decided not to return, or to stay and work on farms. The situation became even worse during 1946 when there was a drought in Moldavia but mostly Ukraine; the grain harvest decreased since it was only 39.6 tons while in 1945 it was 47.3 million and 95.5 million in 1940. Finally in 1946 procurement quotas remained high and grain deliveries were just a little low compared to 1945. However, the situation because awful when a decree required the return of the lands that had been used for family or private purposes and the matter…show more content…
The concentration camps were made shortly after the 1917 revolution but the system grew vastly during Stalin 's campaign to turn the Soviet Union into an industrial power and it became a way to organize agriculture. Gulag camps were mostly located in climatic and extremely geographical regions throughout the Soviet Union. The prisoners had to be involved in many economic activities, they worked under awful conditions such as intense climate, difficult labor, and little amounts of food and unsanitary conditions which led to a lot of deaths. After Stalin died in 1953, Gulag started decreasing in size but forced labor camps and prisoners still existed in the Soviet
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