Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941

Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941

by Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen

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Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941 by Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen

This is the first history of the Jewish agricultural colonies that were established in Crimea and Southern Ukraine in 1924 and that, fewer than 20 years later, ended in tragedy. Jonathan Dekel-Chen opens an extraordinary window on Soviet rural life during these turbulent years, and he documents the remarkable relations that developed among the American-Jewish sponsors of the ambitious project, the Soviet authorities, and the colonists themselves.

Drawing on extensive and largely untouched archives and a wealth of previously unpublished oral histories, the book revises what has been understood about these agricultural settlements. Dekel-Chen offers new conclusions about integration and separation among Soviet Jews, the contours of international relations, and the balance of political forces within the Jewish world during this volatile period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300103311
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/11/2005
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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