Farm to Factory: A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial by Robert C. Allen

By Robert C. Allen

To assert that history's maximum fiscal experiment--Soviet communism--was additionally its maximum fiscal failure is to claim what many think about seen. the following, in a startling reinterpretation, Robert Allen argues that the USSR was once the most winning constructing economies of the 20 th century. He reaches this provocative end by means of recalculating nationwide intake and utilizing financial, demographic, and computing device simulation types to handle the "what if" questions vital to Soviet historical past. furthermore, by means of evaluating Soviet functionality not just with complicated yet with much less built nations, he presents a significant context for its evaluation.

Although the Russian financial system started to increase within the overdue 19th century in accordance with wheat exports, sleek fiscal progress proved elusive. yet progress was once fast from 1928 to the 1970s--due to winning 5 12 months Plans. even though the horrors of Stalinism, the development of heavy speeded up development through the Thirties and raised residing criteria, in particular for the various peasants who moved to towns. A surprising drop in fertility as a result schooling of ladies and their employment outdoors the house additionally facilitated growth.

While highlighting the formerly underemphasized achievements of Soviet making plans, Farm to manufacturing unit additionally indicates, via methodical research set in fluid prose, that Stalin's worst excesses--such because the bloody collectivization of agriculture--did little to spur development. fiscal improvement stagnated after 1970, as very important assets have been diverted to the army and as a Soviet management missing in unique idea pursued wasteful investments.

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Each of them knew the incalculable risk they ran: harboring Jews or army deserters was punishable by ‘‘annihilation,’’ as the ubiquitous posters put it. Yet they did it, and they thereby provide further examples of how wrong it is to generalize, how unjust it would be to see only sadistic Arrow-Cross villains in the Hungarians. For some Hungarians voluntarily and selflessly helped us, out of a sense of humanity, at great danger to themselves. I could not continue for long hiding like that, finding a new place to stay every day.

One member of the group later told my mother what followed: Veesenmayer flew into a rage and threatened to intern the applicants alongside Kornhauser if they did not clear out of his office right away. * Could I have inherited the drive to always keep my files of documents and notes in meticulous order, or have I just copied my father’s example? 14 1928–1944 There are only uncertain accounts of what happened to my father after that. 2 This came to a sudden end when they were all put on a train taking provincial deportees to the death camp at Auschwitz.

I was preparing to go to a morning concert with a friend. The concert was canceled; the German army had begun its occupation of Hungary. A week or two later, my father received conscription papers, similar to the ones for Jews assigned to forced labor service. He had to present himself forty-eight hours later at a specified place with camp equipment from blanket to mess tin and with cold rations for two days. Because my father had passed his sixty-third birthday by then, he could not be conscripted into the regular labor service, which had an age limit of 60.

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