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Government, Industry and Rearmament in Russia, 1900-1914 : The Last Argument of Tsarism - Peter Gatrell

Government, Industry and Rearmament in Russia, 1900-1914

The Last Argument of Tsarism

Paperback Published: 9th May 1994
ISBN: 9780521466196
Number Of Pages: 426

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This book provides an economic historian's perspective on major questions that confront all students of Russian history: how stable were the economic and administrative structures of late-imperial Russia, and how well prepared was Russia for war in 1914? The decade following the Russo-Japanese War witnessed profound changes in the political system and in the industrial economy. The regime faced challenges to its authority from industrialists, caught in the throes of recession, and from parliamentary critics of tsarist administration. Peter Gatrell provides a comprehensive account of the attempts made by government and business to confront these challenges, examining the organisation and performance of a key industry and showing how decisions were reached about the allocation of resources, and the far-reaching consequences these decisions entailed.

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"Gatrell's argument is impressive and important...there is no questioning the value of this groundbreaking work for anyone interested in the economic history of tsarist Russia." Mary R. Habeck, Journal of Modern History "In his definitive study of the Russian arms industry, Peter Gatrell brilliantly fills the gap...The work is characterized by a judicious use of statistical and archival sources and is refreshingly balanced. It should become one of the key texts in the ongoing debate over the stability of the tsarist regime." The Russian Review "With this large, complex study, the Manchester University historian [Gatrell] confirms his position as one of the preeminent economic historians of pre-Soviet Russia, a group decidedly British in composition...Gatrell sets before specialists and generalists alike a wealth of economic detail, culled laboriously from several archives and countless rare publications. His book is a major contribution to our understanding of the unique economy of late imperial Russia." Business History Review "Gatrell's new monograph is, in my view, perhaps the most important book written in the last twenty years about the interactions between late imperial defence, economics, high politics, and the origins of the First World War. ...Gatrell's interpretation is both satisfying and convincing. In short, this magnificent book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the nature of Russia in the generation before 1917." Canadian Journal of History "...Peter Gatrell has provided an exhaustive investigation of the Russian defense industry and its resurgence before World War I." John P. McKay, American Historical Review "Peter Gatrell has produced a detailed and voluminous study of the Russian defense industry...Peter Gatrell's work is of primary importance to economic historians who want an up-to-date critique of the tsarist defense industry in the period leading up to World War I...The conclusions are judicious and are supported by thorough documentation some it resting on work in the Russian archives. Gatrell's study is unlikely to change our view of the late tsarist regime, but it does enrich it considerably." Daniel W. Graf, The Journal of Military History

Defence and the economy on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War
War and revolution, retrenchment and recession
The defence burden, 1907-14
The economics and politics of industrial recovery
The armaments industry: the search for identity and influence, 1908-14
The economics and politics of defence procurement
Military preparedness on the eve of the first world war
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ISBN: 9780521466196
ISBN-10: 0521466199
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 9th May 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.62