By Mark Harrison
How did the Soviet Union examine economically with its allies and adversaries ahead of and through international warfare II? used to be Soviet fiscal survival lower than immense German assault to be anticipated? What was once the price of the conflict in rubles, lives and foregone postwar financial health? during this e-book Mark Harrison solutions those questions, supplying a accomplished research of the hitherto mystery Soviet statistical list.
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Additional info for Accounting for War: Soviet Production, Employment, and the Defence Burden, 1940–1945
The Soviet Union, largely shut out of western markets, also developed a closed economic space within the frontiers of the old Russian Empire. In the worldwide economic disintegration which followed the slump lay some of the causes of World War II. The economies of Germany, Italy, and Japan were too small, too lacking in diversity, to be viable commercial units on their own in the absence of external trade. In varying proportions they depended on others for the supply of food, fuel, and other industrial materials.
The naval arms race which they launched in support of this objective ended Accounting for war in Germany's military and diplomatic encirclement by Britain, France, and Russia, the powers of the Triple Entente; Germany's attempt to break out of containment by attacking France and Russia precipitated World War I. After World War I, the world economy entered an era of far greater instability and uncertainty than had been customary for the nineteenth century. Its integration was now threatened by the economic weakness of Britain, and by the isolation of Germany and Russia.
First, however, the Allies had to neutralise three strategic factors on which the Axis powers relied for their early advantage. One was the superior combat organisation of the Germans and Japanese; the attack of their fighting forces had first to be blunted and ground away by prolonged defensive campaigns. Another was the distance of Britain and America from key theatres in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific; the Axis leaders relied in part on the fact that to a lesser extent British, and more especially American forces had to be projected over great distances, limiting their size and supply, before they could make contact with the enemy.
Accounting for War: Soviet Production, Employment, and the Defence Burden, 1940–1945 by Mark Harrison