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Palgrave Macmillan

The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia Volume 6: The Years of Progress

The Soviet Economy, 1934-1936

ISBN 9780333586853
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This volume, based on extensive research in formerly secret archives, examines the progress of Soviet industrialisation against the background of the rising threat of aggression from Germany, Japan and Italy, and the consolidation of Stalin's power. The iron and steel industry expanded rapidly, new non-ferrous and rare metals were introduced, and the foundations were laid of a modern armaments industry. Following the disastrous famine of 1932-33, agriculture recovered, and sufficient grain stocks were accumulated to cope with the shortages after the bad weather of 1936. These successes were achieved, after the abolition of rationing by combining central planning and mobilisation campaigns with the use of economic incentives and experimentation with markets. Although the Soviet system ultimately failed, its success in these years was a crucial stage in the spread of the economic and social transformation which began in England in the eighteenth century to the rest of the world.

R. W. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Soviet Economic Studies, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK – of which he was the foundation director. He is the author of many books and articles on Soviet history, including Soviet Economic Development from Lenin to Khruschev, Soviet History in the Gorbachev Revolution, and the previous five volumes in this series.

Oleg V. Khlevniuk is Senior Research Fellow at State Archive of the Russian Federation, and Leading Research Fellow at the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. He is the author of The History of the GULAG: From Collectivization to the Great Terror (2004), and Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle (2008).

Stephen Wheatcroft is Professor in Soviet History at Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan, and a specialist on Soviet agriculture and population. He is the editor of Challenging Traditional Views of Russian History (2002) and joint author with R. W. Davies of The Years of Hunger.

1. The XVII Party Congress and the Second Five-Year Plan
2. 1934: A Year of Relaxation: The Political Background
3. The Economy in 1934
4 1935: The Growing Threat of War
5. The 1935 Plan and the Abolition Of Bread Rationing
6. 'Continuous Advance': January-September 1935
7. 'Advancing To Abundance', September – December 1935
8. 1935 In Retrospect
9. The Ambitious 1936 Plan
10. The Political Context of Economic Change, 1936
11. 1936: 'The Stakhanovite Year'
12. The Successful Outcome Of 1936


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