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David R. Shearer
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Industry, State, and Society in Stalin's Russia, 19261934

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In his reexamination of the origins of the Stalinist state during the formative period of rapid industrialization in the late 1920s and early 1930s, David R. Shearer argues that a centralized state-controlled economic system was the consciously conceived political creation of Stalinist leaders rather than the inevitable by-product of socialist industrialization. Focusing ...more
Unknown Binding, 263 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Cornell University Press
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Frank Stein

This book is a classic example of form follows function, or perhaps, form follows content. It's a bewildering and meandering book, about a bewildering and meandering subject: Soviet economic policy during Stalin's rise to power. Yet, through a detailed analysis of the Soviet economy, with a particular focus on the all-important metals industries, Shearer is able to show just how contested the nature of that economy was even after Stalin had taken over from Trotsky and Bukharin.

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