The Revolutionary Russian Economy, 1890-1940
Ideas, Debates and Alternatives
Routledge – 2004 – 160 pages
The pre-revolutionary Russian economy was backward and stagnant. Whatever the criticisms of the economy post-revolution, the turnaround in terms of growth and output was staggering. This book looks at the alternatives to Stalin's reform program that had such tragic outcomes.
Applying the ideas of orthodox economic theory, Marxism and also institutionalism, the volume encourages the reader to think critically about the development of the Russian / Soviet economy, and also examines the original theories of Russian economists of the period. Intelligent writing, incisive insights and impressive originality characterise Vincent Barnett's book, which will be a valuable resource for all economic and political historians with an interest in Russia.
1. Introduction to Russian Economy 2. Tsarist Economy, 1890-1913 3. Revolutionary Economy, 1914-21 4. Bolshevik Economy, 192-1929 5. Stalinist Economy, 1929-1940 6. Conclusions for Future Economy
Vincent Barnett is Research Fellow at CREES, Birmingham University, UK. He is also author of Kondratiev and the Dynamics of Economic Development, one of the editors of Nikolai Kondratiev's collected works, and the author of numerous articles in Russian studies, economic history and the history of economic thought.