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Guns and Rubles: The Defense Industry in the Stalinist State

edited by: Mark Harrison
published by
: Yale University Press, 2014
pp: 300
ISBN: 0300209126, 9780300209129

Book's frontpage

For this book a distinguished team of economists and historians-R. W. Davies, Paul R. Gregory, Andrei Markevich, Mikhail Mukhin, Andrei Sokolov, and Mark Harrison-scoured formerly closed Soviet archives to discover how Stalin used rubles to make guns. Focusing on various aspects of the defense industry, a top-secret branch of the Soviet economy, the volume's contributors uncover new information on the inner workings of Stalin's dictatorship, military and economic planning, and the industrial organization of the Soviet economy. Previously unknown details about Stalin's command system come to light, as do fascinating insights into the relations between Soviet public and private interests. The authors show that defense was at the core of Stalin's system of rule; single-minded management of the defense sector helped him keep his grip on power.


Table of contents

1. The Dictator and Defense
Mark Harrison

2. Before Stalinism: The Early 1920s
Andrei Sokolov

3. Hierarchies and Markets: The Defense Industry Under Stalin
Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich

4. Planning the Supply of Weapons: The 1930s
Andrei Markevich

5. Planning for Mobilization: The 1930s
R. W. Davies

6. The Soviet Market for Weapons
Mark Harrison and Andrei Markevich

7. The Market for Labor in the 1930s: The Aircraft Industry
Mikhail Mukhin

8. The Market for Inventions: Experimental Aircraft Engines
Mark Harrison

9. Secrecy
Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Author Bio

Mark Harrison has been a professional ELT author for 15 years. He has written a wide range of practice test books, for the IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC exams. He has also been the Chair of and a writer for a variety of Cambridge exams, including IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC. In addition, he has written both grammar and vocabulary books, and contributed to dictionaries, CD-ROMs and online materials.


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