Message forwarded from Mark Harrison.
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The authoritative work of R. W. Davies, Emeritus Professor of the University
of Birmingham, on The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia has been in
progress for forty years. Six volumes have been published so far by Palgrave
Macmillan; these span the years from 1929 to 1936. The seventh and final
volume, The Soviet Economy and the Approach of War, 1937-1939, by R. W.
Davies, Mark Harrison, Oleg Khlevniuk, Stephen Wheatcroft, has now been
completed and is in preparation for publication.
The concluding chapter of Volume 7, "The Soviet economy: the late 1930s in
historical perspective," will be presented (by Mark Harrison) on Saturday 14
April at 1:45pm to Panel 5.20 ("Socialist economic history) of the BASEES
annual conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. To quote the abstract:
"This paper is a draft of the concluding chapter of The industrialisation of
Soviet Russia, vol. 7: The Soviet economy and the approach of war,
1937-1939, in preparation for publication by Palgrave Macmillan. We consider
the development of the Soviet economy over the period of the series, that
is, from the launching of the first five-year plan and the collectivisation
of agriculture to the outbreak of the Second World War. We review, in turn,
the pattern of forced industrialisation, the measurement and mismeasurement
of economic progress, the extraordinary militarisation of a mobilised
society and economy, the emergence of the Soviet Union as a global military
power, and the scope for reforms within the economic system that Stalin
created and ruled over. Concluding, we ask what kind of economic development
The draft chapter is also available online as a working paper at
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