Industry and the Soviet Army, 1928–1941
From 1928 to 1941 the Red Army was simultaneously a victim, a ben eficiary, and an instigator of Joseph Stalin’s revolution-from-above, the violent and sudden transformation of the Soviet Union’s economy and society in the name of defending socialism and maximizing Stalin’s personal power. In a Faustian bargain, the Red Army became a modern, powerful, mechanized force, but tied itself irretrievably to Stalin. This choice would have fateful consequences for both the Red Army’s high command personally and for the Soviet people.
KeywordsForeign Agent Officer Corps Interwar Period Soviet Economy High Command
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