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Remaking Ukraine After World War II: The Clash of Local and Central Soviet Power

Filip Slaveski

Ukraine was liberated from German wartime occupation by 1944 but remained prisoner to its consequences for much longer. This study examines Soviet Ukraine's transition from war to 'peace' in the long aftermath of World War II. Filip Slaveski explores the challenges faced by local Soviet authorities in reconstructing central Ukraine, including feeding rapidly growing populations in post-war famine. Drawing on recently declassified Soviet sources, Filip Slaveski traces the previously unknown bitter struggle for land, food and power among collective farmers at the bottom of the Soviet social ladder, local and central authorities. He reveals how local authorities challenged central ones for these resources in pursuit of their own vision of rebuilding central Ukraine, undermining the Stalinist policies they were supposed to implement and forsaking the farmers in the process. In so doing, Slaveski demonstrates how the consequences of this battle shaped post-war reconstruction, and continue to resonate in contemporary Ukraine, especially with the ordinary people caught in the middle.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: May 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 222
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.47in - 0.67lb
  • EAN: 9781108794183
  • Categories: Europe - GeneralEconomic Conditions

About the Author

Slaveski, Filip: - Filip Slaveski is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Fellow (DECRA) at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Victoria. An historian of the Soviet period, specialising also in Eastern European and German twentieth century history, he is the author of The Soviet Occupation of Germany: Hunger, Mass Violence and the Struggle for Peace, 1945-1947 (2013).

Praise for this book

'Slaveski's monograph ... provides a fascinating insight into relations between Ukrainian collective farmers and the different layers of the Soviet state, and how these intertwined with clashes between local, republican and central officials. Slaveski ably underlines the difficulty the centre faced in having to rely upon local officials, who had their own interests and networks, to implement its policies.' Christopher Gilley, Europe-Asia Studies

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