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THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE GERMAN RUSSIANS TO THE IMPERIAL RUSSIAN ECONOMY - Germans from Russia Heritage Society and American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2012. Special Edition Joint Journal of Germans from Russia Heritage Society and American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Summer 2012, Volume 35, No. 2. Settlement of Germans in Russia had a feeble beginning. From some 300 mother colonies founded in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Germans who settled in Russia had founded over 3000 villages by 1914. They were destined to produce a profound effect on agricultural production in the Russian Empire, and transformed the black soil regions of European Russia into Europe's "breadbasket." Nevertheless, all of that ended when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. With the collectivization of agriculture, Stalin's forced relocation of colonists to slave labor camps, and the mass purges just prior to World War II, the German villages were abandoned and reoccupied by Russians and Ukrainians. Once could conclude that the Bolsheviks "killed the goose that laid the golden egg." Soft cover - 34 pages.
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