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The Famine of 1932-1933

in Ukraine

An Anatomy of the Holodomor

(CIUS Press, 2018)

ARCHIVES  Danyliw Seminar 2018

Stanislav Kulchytsky

Institute of Ukrainian History (Ukraine)

One of Ukraine’s most prolific historians, Dr. Stanislav Kulchytsky pioneered the study of the Holodomor. His more than thirty years of study regarding the famine established Dr. Kulchytsky as a leading scholarly authority on the subject. Further, he has held key administrative posts in the Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is also noted for his studies on communism in Ukraine, which culminated in his three-volume work The Red Challenge: A History of Communism in Ukraine from its Birth to its Demise.


The Holodomor of 1932–1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor is a distillation of thirty years of study of the topic by one of Ukraine’s leading historians, Dr. Stanislav Kulchytsky. This book incorporates a vast array of sources and literature into a highly readable narrative explaining the motives, circumstances and course of the Holodomor. One of Dr. Kulchytsky’s notable contributions to this field is his examination of the deeper causes of the Holodomor and their ties to the nature of the Bolshevik state. Dr. Kulchytsky examines how excessive requisitioning of grain and other foodstuffs in the collectivization drive led to famine and deaths in grain-producing regions of the USSR by early 1932. In Ukraine, punitive measures authorized by the Kremlin’s top leadership greatly worsened the famine in late 1932. This led to the Holodomor, which claimed over three million lives in the first half of 1933. In this book, Dr. Kulchytsky delves into the punitive nature of the Holodomor and analyzes the economic and political factors surrounding it, including the national dimension in Ukraine.

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