The Economic Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1913-1945

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This book is ideal for students studying a key period of Soviet economic history. It brings together and makes available the results of the latest research on Soviet industrialization, using a vast amount of primary evidence, and the methods of quantitative economic analysis. Leading scholars in the field analyze the Soviet economy sector by sector, from agriculture to defense and technology, and look at the key indicators of economic health over the period: employment, national income, exports, and population trends. The book concludes with two chapters comparing the Russian economy at war under tsarism and communism.

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"The book provides for the first time a unified evaluation of the whole 34-year period from 1913 through 1945, including the terrible wartime periods that helped shape the Soviet system." Slavic Review

"The statistics and investigative assumptions are laid out with such transparency that this will be a valuable textbook even for those in the debate who disagree with the authors." Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521457705
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Harrison writes about the history and economics of Russia, conflict, defence and security. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures; List of maps; List of tables; Notes on contributors; Preface; Acknowledgements; Major events in Russian and Soviet economic development; 1. Changing economic systems: an overview R. W. Davies; 2. The crooked mirror of Soviet economic statistics S. G. Wheatcroft and R. W. Davies; 3. National income Mark Harrison; 4. Population S. G. Wheatcroft and R. W. Davies; 5. Employment and industrial labour J. D. Barber and R. W. Davies; 6. Agriculture S. G. Wheatcroft and R. W. Davies; 7. Industry R. W. Davies; 8. Transport J. N. Westwood; 9. Technology and the transformation of the Soviet economy Robert Lewis; 10. Foreign economic relations Robert Lewis; 11. The First World War and War Communism, 1914–1920 Peter Gatrell; 12. The Second World War Mark Harrison; Tables; Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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