The Rural Communist Party and Collectivisation 1929–32

  • Daniel Thorniley
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


This chapter examines chronologically the role played by the rural communist party during the first Five Year Plan: its daily and seasonal chores, its part in the collectivisation process generally and in a number of extraordinary mobilisations of rural society. As we examine the rural party role, we also assess the working relationships internal to the party between raikoms and cells, and those between party units and other organisations and individuals. We conclude with a detailed discussion of the rural party in 1931–32, with special regard to the grain procurement campaigns of these years.


Party Worker Central Authority Party Member Economic Campaign Party Organisation 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    See T.P. Bernstein, ‘Leadership and Mobilization in the Collectivization of Agriculture in China and Russia: A Comparison’, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Columbia University, 1970, pp. 268–318 for the differences between what he terms ‘command mobilisation’ and ‘participatory mobilisation’.Google Scholar
  2. 84.
    N. Shimotomai, ‘The Kuban Affair and the Crisis of Kolkhoz Agriculture (1932–1933) — with Emphasis on the North Caucasus’, unpublished paper presented at the S.S.R.C. Conference on Soviet Economic Development in the 1930s, held at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, June 1982, p. 8 mentions a final figure of 10 689 expulsions out of 24 969 checked.Google Scholar

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