- 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
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Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 19301945 (Hoover Institution Press Publication) 2nd Edition Edition
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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.Read more ›