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The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag

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Until now, there has been little scholarly analysis of the Soviet Gulag as an economic, social, and political institution, primarily owing to a lack of data. This collection presents the results of years of research by Western and Russian scholars. The authors provide both broad overviews and specific case studies.
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Overview

Until now, there has been little scholarly analysis of the Soviet Gulag as an economic, social, and political institution, primarily owing to a lack of data. This collection presents the results of years of research by Western and Russian scholars. The authors provide both broad overviews and specific case studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817939427
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION Series
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.57 (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

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 An Introduction to the Economics of the Gulag 1
2 Forced Labor in Soviet Industry: The End of the 1930s to the Mid-1950s: An Overview 23
3 The Economy of the OGPU, NKVD, and MVD of the USSR, 1930-1953: The Scale, Structure, and Trends of Development 43
4 The End of the Gulag 67
5 Coercion versus Motivation: Forced Labor in Norilsk 75
6 Magadan and the Economic History of Dalstroi in the 1930s 105
7 Building Norilsk 127
8 The White Sea-Baltic Canal 151
9 The Gulag in Karelia: 1929 to 1941 163
10 Conclusions 189
List of Acronyms 199
Index 203
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