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The collectivization that began in 1929 was an extraordinary period of
bitter and complex class struggles. It decided what force would run
the countryside: the rural bourgeoisie or the proletariat.
Collectivization destroyed the economic basis for the last bourgeois
class in the Soviet Union, the class that was constantly re-emerging
out of small-scale production and the rural free markets. Collectivization
meant an extraordinary political, economic and cultural upheaval,
putting the peasant masses on the road to socialism.
Fri Aug 25 09:03:42 PDT 1995