Plans For Stalin's War Machine

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In the interwar period, Red Army commanders headed by Tukhachevskii developed a new raw doctrine of mobile warfare and "deep operations." The military requirements of armaments and industrial production in the event of war was a central parameter in Stalinist industrialization. Based on recently opened Russian archives, this book analyzes military dimensions of Soviet long-term economic and military reconstruction plans from the mid-1920s until 1941. It presents a new framework for estimating the Soviet war-economic preparedness, drastically underestimated by contemporaries.

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“...a book of original and resourceful scholarship, where Samuelson has taken the first step into a new research field. It is to be recommended to anyone with the slightest interest in Soviet studies...” —Journal of Slavic Military Studies

“Armed with much new archival data, Lennart Samuelson offers us what turns out to be a very intricate story.” —American Historical Review

Samuelson (Institute for Research in Economic History, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden) examines the involvement of Red Army officials in the Gosplan, the central planning organ of Stalinist industrialization, drawing on recently opened archives in Russia. He links the military's vision of future war, formulated by the leading military theoritician Mikhail Tukhachevskii in the theory of "deep operations," with investment patterns of the five-year plans. Plans and requirements as specified for branches and individual enterprises show a new dimension of the pre-war Soviet economy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Lennart Samuelson is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Research in Economic History, Stockholm School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

Visions of Future War
• Organizing for Modern Total War, 1912-28
• Launching the First Five-Year Plan
• Radical Reconsiderations, 1930-31
• Changing Military Requirements, 1931-32
• New Threat Assessments and War Plans, 1933-36
• Plans for Red Army Expansion, 1933-37
• Economic Planning in Terror and War, 1937-41

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