Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

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First UK edition (publ. Allen Lane)

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine is a 2017 non-fiction book by Anne Applebaum, focusing on the history of the Holodomor.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The book won the Lionel Gelber Prize[8] and the Duff Cooper Prize.[9]

The book received a number of positive reviews from the popular press, such as The New York Times[10] and The Guardian,[11] however there were also negative reviews by some academics.[12][13]


Taras Kuzio writing for the Europe-Asia Studies in 2018 noted that Applebaum's book follows in the footsteps of Robert Conquest's The Harvest of Sorrow (1986), but benefits from improved access to Soviet archives. Her work is also more up to date, touching upon issues such as post-communist, 21st century Russian disinformation. He says that the discussion of Holodomor denial and cover-up is the strongest part of her book, and concludes that Red Famine is a "masterful", up-to-date 21st-century topic.[1]

Stephen G. Wheatcroft writing for Contemporary European History, states that, right from the beginning, Applebaum indicates that she thinks that the famine was a result of someone's mentality and her objective is to find out who to blame for it. Wheatcroft believes that her view conforms to "an increasingly popular trend in Soviet history to ignore or oversimplify complex economic explanations and to reduce everything to moral judgments". He additionally criticized Applebaum for her treatment of grain availability in Ukraine, which, according to Wheatcroft "epitomizes the dangers of misunderstanding the [archival] data" and for other "factual[ly] incorrect" information.[12]

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  1. ^ a b Kuzio, Taras (2018-09-14). "Red Famine. Stalin's War on Ukraine". Europe-Asia Studies. 70 (8): 1334–1335. doi:10.1080/09668136.2018.1520510. ISSN 0966-8136. S2CID 54880488.
  2. ^ Crocco, Natalia Paola (2020-05-07). "Book Review: Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine". Genocide Studies and Prevention. 14 (1): 164–165. doi:10.5038/1911-9933.14.1.1725. ISSN 1911-0359.
  3. ^ Whitehorn, Alan (2018-06-01). "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum". Genocide Studies International. 12 (1): 120–124. doi:10.3138/gsi.12.1.08. ISSN 2291-1847. S2CID 165926054.
  4. ^ Onaciu, Vlad (2018-05-09). "Book review: red famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum". LSE Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  5. ^ "Anne Applebaum. Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine. (Book Review)". Forum For Ukrainian Studies. 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  6. ^ Siegień, Wojciech (2018). "Russia's wars on Ukraine". New Eastern Europe. 32 (3–4): 192–195. ISSN 2083-7372.
  7. ^ Hordijk, Frank (2019-11-11). "Book Review—Anne Applebaum's Red Famine (2017)". Nordlit (42): 381–390–381–390. doi:10.7557/13.5021. ISSN 1503-2086.
  8. ^ Prize, The Lionel Gelber. "Anne Applebaum's Red Famine Wins the 2018 Lionel Gelber Prize". Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  9. ^ "Past Winners of The Duff Cooper Prize - The Duff Cooper Prize". Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  10. ^ Snyder, Timothy. "The deliberate starvation of millions in Ukraine". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  11. ^ Fitzpatrick, Sheila. "Red Famine by Anne Applebaum review – did Stalin deliberately let Ukraine starve?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  12. ^ a b Wheatcroft, Stephen (2018). "The Turn Away from Economic Explanations for Soviet Famines". Contemporary European History. 27 (3): 465–469. doi:10.1017/S0960777318000358.
  13. ^ Tauger, Mark (1 July 2018). "Review of Anne Applebaum's "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine"". History News Network.