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The Soviet Man-made famine of 1932–3 in Ukraine claimed the lives of millions of people, yet until recently it has remained veiled in obscurity. This pioneering volume, which appeared before the publication of Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow and the establishment of the US Congressional Committee on the Famine, was one of the first scholarly efforts to analyze the famine. Chapters include: The Man-Made Famine of 1933 in Soviet Ukraine; The Man-Made Famine of 1932–1933 and Collectivization in Soviet Ukraine; Ukraine's Demographic Losses 1921–1938; The Famine of 1933: A survey of the Sources, Making the News Fit to Print: Walter Duranty, the New York Times and the Ukrainian Famine of 1933; Russian Mensheviks and the Famine of 1933; Blind Eye to Murder: Britain, the United States and the Ukrainian Famine of 1933; The Impact of the Man-made Famine on the Structure of Ukrainian Society; The Famine of 1921–1923: A Model for 1932–1933?; Conceptualizations of Genocide and Ethnocide.

This collection of ten essays explores the causes of the famine, the scope of population loss, sources of information about the event, the impact of the famine on Ukrainian society, and the Western response. 2003 marked the 70th anniversary commemorating the famine. With regards to the renewed interest in the Walter Duranty controversy, an excellent 28-page article "Making the News Fit to Print: Walter Duranty, the New York Times and the Ukrainian Famine of 1933" by Marco Carynnyk appears in Famine in Ukraine, 1932–1933. Based on thorough documentary analysis, this article brilliantly exposes Walter Duranty conscious attempts to cover up the Man-made Famine in Ukraine of 1932–1933.

Contributors include James Mace, Marco Carynnyk, Andre Liebich, Wsewolod W. Isajiw, Frank Chalk, Kurt Jonassohn, Bohdan Krawchenko, Roman Serbyn, and others. See Famine-Genocide of 1932–3 in the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine.

About The Authors

Bohdan Krawchenko

Bohdan Krawchenko

Bohdan Krawchenko is the former director of the CIUS and currently vice rector of the Academy of Public Administration in Kyiv. He is the author of Social Change and National Consciousness in …

Roman Serbyn

Roman Serbyn

Roman Serbyn is Professor Emeritus, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. He has published articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century Ukrainian history. He co-edited Fédéralisme et nations (1971), and Serhii Podolyns'kyi: Vybrani tvory (Serhii Podolynsky: Selected Works, 1990).


  1. John C. Campbell's review in Foreign Affairs (Spring 1987)

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