Dubious Claims of Famine-Induced Cannibalism in the Soviet Union
At the Beginning of the 20th Century

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In the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution and years of bitter civil war communism swept through battered Russia and its environs. The disorder following the coup d'état exacerbated the desparation of an already struggling population in Soviet Russia. In a series of famines ranging from 1921 to 1934, the government of the Soviet Union initially lacked the capabilities to address the needs of the people and later showed the shift to the brutal Machiavellian policies that would bring about the death of thousands of people. These policies were a harsh blow to the scattered country populace and reports began to surface that people had resorted to cannibalism as a source of nourishment.

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This web page is a creation of Sarah Duryea for course LIS 650 (created April 2011), LIU-Palmer School of Library Science based on a paper written during undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2005.

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