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The Economic Organization of War Communism 1918–1921
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  • Page extent: 568 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.71 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521527033 | ISBN-10: 0521527031)

DOI: 10.2277/0521527031

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available | Adobe eBook
  • Published August 2002

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This book examines the origins, development and reasons for change of the first Soviet economic system. Programmes are compared with outcomes and theory with practice in the fields of nationalization, workers' control and management, money and planning, industrial organization and food procurement. The organization of military supply and industry is examined separately, to emphasize that the initial approach to economic organization was affected not only by external events, but also by ideology, class struggle and social pressures. The economic and social analysis, which lay behind policy-making, was often distorted by prejudice, and the economic system, which emerged was the result of efforts to replace market relations by administrative measures. Unexpected and unwanted outcomes induced some leaders to rethink initial policies, while others continued to adhere to rigid programmes, even after the conclusion of civil war.


List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Nationalization of industry; 3. Management; 4. Money and value; 5. Industrial administration; 6. Planning; 7. Food Procurement; 8. Prodrazverstka; 9. Military institutions and the militarization of labour; 10. Conclusion; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.

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