«We need to look into the past in order to understand the present and foresee the future»

Famine in USSR: Methods of study of study large archival document collections and its interpretation problems.

Speech of the Professor of the Source Studies Department of Russian State Humanitarian University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. Vladimir Kozlov

(from COLLECTION OF MATERIALS of International scientific conference «GREAT FAMINE IN KAZAKHSTAN: TRAGEDY OF THE NATION AND THE LESSONS OF HISTORY») published in Astana, 2012

In the report the principles and criteria for the selection of documents from the identified large array of publications for the documentary publication «Famine in the USSR» are considered, and also it gives a pragmatic classification that allows you to establish a historical phenomenon called «Famine in the USSR» on the documentary basis. The paper for the first time has proposed a statistical analysis of decisions of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) associated with the agrarian policy of the Party, which led to famine and efforts to eliminate it in different regions of the USSR.

Dr. Vladimir Kozlov,

Professor of the Russian State

Humanitarian University, (Russia)