The Repressions of 1937–1938 and the Soviet Economy

  • R. W. Davies
  • Mark HarrisonEmail author
  • Oleg Khlevniuk
  • Stephen G. Wheatcroft


A major event in the background of the economic developments of the late 1930s was the widespread repressions, which involved the detention and deportation, imprisonment, or execution of millions of Soviet citizens. The chapter reviews the scale of repression and its relationship to economic trends. The chapter finds that the causes of the repressions lay in politics, not economics; it identifies their economic effects in widespread disruption, especially in industry, transport, and construction.


Massive Purge Khlevniuk anti-Soviet Elements Kulaks State Farm Workers 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Davies
    • 1
  • Mark Harrison
    • 2
    Email author
  • Oleg Khlevniuk
    • 3
  • Stephen G. Wheatcroft
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian StudiesUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  3. 3.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  4. 4.School of Historical and Philosophical StudiesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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