The Great Loss

The Silent Steppe is a heartbreaking story about the author who had to endure the most gruesome conditions ever. Not only did the author suffer under severe conditions, but he also lost family during the soviet’s policy. This book in my opinion is a very good read and also an eye-opening experience when reading this auto-biography. The quote I selected touches upon what we hit on in class based on the soviet policy which is known as Collectivization. ” The Immediate cause was a bad harvest following a period of drought- but collectivization made the consequences many times worse for the Kazakh people. Transferred Hastily and without any preparation to a settled way of life and method of farming, the nomadic livestock breeders simply did not have the means or expertise to run collective farms efficiently ” (Page 135 Chapter 15) Based on the statement made above do we think that Stalin and the Soviet Union could have changed or got rides of the policy that was in place? Also, what outcomes or effects could have this had within the region of Central Asia.

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  1. I think that in the theme of the Soviet Union, speed, quantity, and efficiency are always valued. Yet, when it comes to land and other organic beings those three things only work for a short period of time before energy and resources give out. The Soviet Union wants to create so quickly, but agriculture is by nature only as fast as crops grow, and if you work ground too hard or mess with things- they won’t grow. I think there are clearly better ways to change the policy, but none that would match the Soviet Union’s want for the almost impossible level of efficiency and quantity desired.

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