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Animal Farm: Overview

Animal Farm

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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell

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Animal Farm | George Orwell

See the Britannica entry for a brief biography of George Orwell

Animal Farm | Analysis and Literary Criticism

Animal Farm | Overview: Keywords


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Allegory  Collectivisation  Fable  Joseph Stalin  Russia – the Stalin era  Russian revolution  Stalinism

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Animal Farm | Historical Context

When Lenin died in 1924, effective leadership of the party fell to his former deputy Joseph Stalin. From about 1929 until his death in 1953, Stalin ruled the Soviet Union as a dictator with nearly absolute power.

Stalinism, the theory and practice of communism in the Soviet Union under Stalin, was notorious for its totalitarianism, its widespread use of terror, and its “cult of personality”—its portrayal of Stalin as an infallible leader and universal genius. Stalin used the Soviet secret police to arrest anyone who might oppose his rule. Not fewer than 5 million people from all walks of life were executed, imprisoned, or sent to labor camps in Siberia. In the 1930s Stalin staged a series of “show trials” in which thousands of prominent individuals were convicted on false charges of treason and executed.

In pursuit of his policy of “socialism in one country”—the idea that the Soviet Union should transform itself into a major industrial and military power before attempting to export communist revolution abroad—Stalin forced peasant farmers to work on large agricultural collectives and undertook a program of rapid industrialization. The collectivization of agriculture resulted in the death by starvation of several million people.

source: Britannica

For further information see the Britannica entries for CollectivisationJoseph StalinRussia – the Stalin eraRussian revolution, and Stalinism.

Additionally, Mentone Girls' Grammar Russian Revolution LibGuide has an extensive range of resources. Click on the image to go to the page.

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