Behind the Facade of Stalin's Command Economy: Evidence from the Soviet State and Party Archives

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The "red files" revealed. Examining the period from the early 1930s through Stalin's death in 1953—the height of the Stalinist regime—this enlightening book reveals what we have learned from the archives, what has surprised us, and what has confirmed what we already knew. Most of the authors have worked with these archives since they were opened.
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Overview

The "red files" revealed. Examining the period from the early 1930s through Stalin's death in 1953—the height of the Stalinist regime—this enlightening book reveals what we have learned from the archives, what has surprised us, and what has confirmed what we already knew. Most of the authors have worked with these archives since they were opened.
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Drawing from recently released Soviet archives, this study of the Stalinist economy considers its continued influence on the economic realities and political hopes of modern-day Russia. In eight essays, economists from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia consider the economics of the period from 1930 to Stalin's death in 1953. Particular attention is given to the impact of Stalin's direct orders, the institutions of Communist rule, the crafting of Soviet economic policy, military management and spending, and the role of the gulag. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817928124
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Publication Series
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,322,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Gregory, a Hoover Institution research fellow, holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, and is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. The holder of a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and many articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography including Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), The Political Economy of Stalinism (2004), Before Command: The Russian Economy from Emancipation to Stalin (1994), Restructuring the Soviet Economic Bureaucracy (1990, reissued 2006), and Russian National Income, 1885–1913 (1982, reissued 2005). He has edited Behind the Façade of Stalin's Command Economy (2001) and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (2003), both published by Hoover Institution Press and summarizing his research group's work on the Soviet state and party archives. His publications based on work in the Hoover Institution Archives have been awarded the Hewett Book Prize and the J.M. Montias Prize for the best article in the Journal of Comparative Economics. The research of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in part in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
1 The Contribution of the Soviet Archives 1
2 The Dictator's Orders 11
3 Leaders and Their Institutions 35
4 Making Economic Policy 61
5 Providing for Defense 81
6 The Econonomy of the Gulag 111
7 Economic Crime and Punishment 131
8 Stalin's Last Plan 159
Index 193
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