Author : Conquest Robert
Title : The harvest of sorrow Soviet collectivization and the terror-famine
Year : 1986

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Preface. The task of the historian is the notoriously difficult one of trying to represent clearly and truly in a few hundred pages events which cover years of time and nations of men and women. We may perhaps put this in perspective in the present case by saying that in the actions here recorded about twenty human lives were lost for, not every word, but every letter, in this book. Heartfelt acknowledgements are therefore due to all who supported and assisted me. In the first place to the Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute and the Ukrainian National Association which were my prime sponsors; and to Professors Omeljan Pritsak, Ihor Sevcenko and Adam Ulam (all of Harvard) who were instrumental in providing or suggesting this sponsorship. In the actual work, I have to acknowledge above all the major cooperation and contribution of Dr James Mace, also of Harvard, in both massive research and detailed discussion. I am also most grateful to Dr Mikhail Bernstam, of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, especially for his expert assistance on the demographic and economic side; and to Helena Stone, also of Stanford, for truly invaluable help both in the general research and in checking innumerable references. Of the many who have, in different ways, usefully drawn my attention to particular lines of evidence, I would thank particularly Professor Martha Brill Olcutt, Professor Bohdan Struminsky, Professor Taras Lukach and Dr Dana Dalrymple. ...