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Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1930–1945 (Hoover Institution Press Publication) 2nd Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0817919016
ISBN-10: 0817919015
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  • Series: Hoover Institution Press Publication (Book 90)
  • Hardcover: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press; 2nd Edition edition (January 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817919015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817919016
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Antony C. Sutton has written a number of books from a "conspiracy theory" perspective. His magnum opus, however, is a work on Soviet economic development in three volumes. It's more scholarly and was published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. This is the second volume, covering the period 1930-45. I haven't read the two other volumes, and the entire work is difficult to find these days, and usually very expensive as well.

Sutton doesn't deny that the Soviet Union *did* experience rapid economic growth during the period covered. There's just one problem. The Soviet economic growth was to a large extent made in the USA! This is an often overlooked fact, certainly in Soviet propaganda or Marxist urban legend, where it usually sounds as if the Soviets did it all by themselves...

"Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development 1930 to 1945" painstakingly documents how the Western, capitalist nations were responsible for almost *all* economic growth during the first five-year plans. The Soviets imported, copied or stole large amounts of Western technology, employed foreign engineers and workers, and even appointed foreigners to high-ranking posts within the planning bureaucracy. Most of the assistance came from the United States or Germany (before Hitler).

There were over 200 technical-assistance agreements between the Soviet Union and foreign companies during the period 1929-45. According to Soviet sources, about 6,800 foreign specialists worked in heavy industry in 1932. Of these, about 1,700 were American engineers. The number of foreign specialists at individual sites is sometimes staggering. In 1931, there were about 2000 foreign specialists in the Don coal mines, 80% of whom were Germans.
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Blow by blow account of the almost total reliance of the USSR on western technology and expertise during Stalin's massive industrial build up. Western governments could not have ignored that the USSR would become a gigantic armaments center whose political rhetoric ( from Stalin himself) that the USSR would be defended on foreign soil. Although very dry this book lays bare the extraordinary events taking place inside the USSR from 1930 to 1945. Lend/Lease injected more technology and war materials for the same aim, to preserve the USSR.
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