Planned as a number of independent volumes this work covers the years 1929-1937, the crucial period of the first two five-year plans, which saw the transformation of the Soviet Union from a peasant country into an industrial power. An examination of Soviet industrialization is seen as important in increasing an understanding of why the Soviet system took its present form; and as a case study of state-managed industrialization, should illuminate the economic problems of developing countries and questions of state planning generally. This book, the third part of the trilogy, re-examines the breakdown of the Soviet socialist market economy at the end of the 1920s and assesses its replacement by Stalinist centralized planning. The author explains how in those days of heroism and enthusiasm, hunger and repression, crucial Soviet economic and political institutions were established and are only now being effectively challenged by Gorbachev's revolution. While complementing the previous two volumes of this author's work this book is designed to be read independently.
It sheds new light on a dramatic moment in Soviet history and in the formation of the Soviet system, by drawing on Soviet and Western archives, interviews, a wide range of Soviet newspapers, journals and rare statistical publications. The author has also written " The Development of the Soviet Budgetary System", "The Socialist Offensive, 1929-1930" and "The Soviet Collective Farm, 1929-1930".
'R.W. Davies lays bare the chaotic reality behind the images and illuminates both the successes of the new centralized economy and its colossal dislocations ... Davies is the foremost economic historian of Stalin's Soviet Union ... Though no historical work is ever 'definitive', Davies' three volumes on the industrialization of Soviet Russia are foundation stones for any further studies.' - Ronald Suny, Business History Review
'Future generations of university students may well follow courses on comparative Russian/Soviet perestroika studies from Peter the Great to Gorbachev. If so, they will find The Soviet Economy in Turmoil an essential text.' - David Dyker, Slavonic and East European Review
List of Tables Preface Additional Preface The Industrial Economy in the Mid-1920s The Triumph of Rapid Industrialisation, October 1927-September 1929 The Social Context, 1929-30 The Intellectual Framework, 1929-30 Economic Doctrines in Transition, 1929-30 Plans for a Heroic Age, 1929-30 Progress and Turmoil in the Industrial Economy, October 1929- May 1930 The XVI Party Congress, June 26-July 13, 1930 The Industrial Economy in Disorder, June-September 1930 The Economic Year 1929-30 in Retrospect The Special Quarter: October-December 1930 The Defence Industries, 1919-30 Conclusions Tables Glossary of Russian Terms and Abbreviations Used in Text Abbreviations of Titles of Books and Periodical Publications Used in Footnotes Bibliography Name Index Subject Index
Series: Industrialization of Soviet Russia (Paper Back) : Book 3
Number Of Pages: 601
Published: 4th May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 1