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War Communism 1918-21
Summer of 1918, Lenin introduced a series of restrictive economic measures, collectively
known as `War Communism'. The chief reason for the move away from the system of state
capitalism was the situation caused by the Civil War.
Lenin judged that the White menace could be met only…

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The government condemned the peasants as counter-revolutionaries and resorted to
coercion. Cheka requisition units were sent into the countryside to take the grain by force.
Between 1918 and 21, the requisition squads systematically terrorised the countryside. The
Kulaks were targeted for particular brutal treatment. Lenin ordered that they were to…

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