This book follows on from the author’s volume Russian Economic Development and although it encompasses some of the same material it charts the history and progress of the Soviet economy down to the efforts at reconstruction after The Second World War. A new chapter was added which covers the post-war decade from the end of the war to the announcement of the Sixth Year Plan.
‘This massive and well-produced book is both interesting and important. The author is direct, lucid and learned in a subject essentially difficult, confused and dubious. It is by far the most valuable single volume on its subject.’ The Economist
Part 1. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Russian Economic Development Prior to the First World War. 3. The Prelude to November 1917. Part 2. 4. The First Eight Months. 5. The Period of ‘War Communism’ 6. The Transition to the New Economic Policy. 7. The First Years of Economic Recovery and the ‘Scissors’ Crisis of 1923. 8. The Problem of Industrialisation. 9. The Agrarian Situation on the Eve of the First Five Year Plan. 10. The First Five year Plan. 11. The Second Five Year Plan. 12. The Third Five Year Plan and the War and the Five Year Plan for Post-war Rehabilitation and Development. 13. The Two Post-War Decades. Part 3. 14. The Planning System. 15. The Financial Plan and the Financial System. 16. The Location of Industry. 17. Trade Unions, Wages and Conditions of Labour. Glossary of Terms. Index of Authorities. Index of Subjects.
Maurice Dobb was the foremost Marxian economist of his generation in Britain. He was noted for his contributions to value theory, the theory of economic planning and the analysis of Soviet economic development. This set will re-issue 7 of his most important works.