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How far do you agree Communist ideology influenced Stalin's decision to implement Collectivisation in 1928?

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AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945

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How far do you agree Communist ideology influenced Stalin's decision to implement Collectivisation in 1928?

Collectivisation was the agricultural policy, which Stalin adopted and began work on in the summer of 1928. The main features included, as Stalin quoted in Pravda

"The transition from individual peasant farming to collective socialised farming,"

and the process of De-kulakisation. It was an agricultural policy necessary to try and combat the problem with the poor provision of grain by the peasants, a problem that had always been evident in Russia's agricultural management.

The heavy cost and brutality has led historians to offer a variety of explanations for why Collectivisation was used. Some pragmatists argue the original aim was to increase the tempo of industrialisation by increasing the grain procurement. Others draw emphasis on the process of De-kulakisation as a way of showing Stalin's commitment to Marxism and Leninism by ridding the countryside of a 'class enemy.'

Chapter 1 Marxism and feeding the revolution

Marx argued the need for collective farming to benefit the needs of the workers therefore the ideology behind Collectivisation is its importance to

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