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Stalin’s Lieutenant 1927–1929

  • Derek Watson
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History and Society book series


Molotov chaired the Central Committee commission that prepared for the XV Party Congress, December 1927.1 By the time that the Congress met there was growing anxiety about the grain collections. Stalin did not specifically admit this, but said that the rate of growth in agriculture was inadequate, and called for the ‘collective cultivation of the soil on the basis of a new and higher technique’.2 This marked a fundamental change in policy. Driven back to the forcible requisition of grain to solve the immediate crisis, Stalin committed himself to collectivisation and rapid industrialisation. The change in direction was an embarrassing volte face, although Stalin and his supporters tried to pretend it had always been their policy. It provoked widespread opposition in the party leadership, and the loyalty of his supporters, especially Molotov, was of key importance to Stalin.


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  • Derek Watson
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  1. 1.Centre for Russian and East European StudiesThe University of BirminghamUK

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