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Guns and Rublesby Mark Harrison
Synopses & Reviews
For this book a distinguished team of economists and historians—R. W. Davies, Paul R. Gregory, Andrei Markevich, Mikhail Mukhin, Andrei Sokolov, and Mark Harrison—scoured formerly closed Soviet archives to discover how Stalin used rubles to make guns. Focusing on various aspects of the defense industry, a top-secret branch of the Soviet economy, the volume’s contributors uncover new information on the inner workings of Stalin’s dictatorship, military and economic planning, and the industrial organization of the Soviet economy.
Previously unknown details about Stalin’s command system come to light, as do fascinating insights into the relations between Soviet public and private interests. The authors show that defense was at the core of Stalin’s system of rule; single-minded management of the defense sector helped him keep his grip on power.
About the Author
Mark Harrison is professor of economics, University of Warwick; honorary senior fellow of the Centre for Russian and East European studies, University of Birmingham; and distinguished visiting fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University. He lives in Coventry, UK.
Table of Contents
Foreword / by Paul R. Gregory — Preface — Acknowledgments — Abbreviations, acronyms, technical terms, and conventions — Note on references — The dictator and defense / Mark Harrison — Before Stalinism : the early 1920s / Andrei Sokolov — Hierarchies and markets : the defense industry under Stalin / Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich — Planning the supply of weapons : the 1930s / Andrei Markevich — Planning for mobilization : the 1930s / R.W. Davies — The Soviet market for weapons / Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich — The market for labor in the 1930s : the aircraft industry / Mikhail Mukhin — The market for inventions : experimental aircraft engines / Mark Harrison — Secrecy / Mark Harrison — Afterword — Contributors — Index.
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