The Political Context of Economic Change: 1937 to the Spring of 1939
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In 1937 and 1938 Soviet rule became increasingly autocratic and repressive. The context of these developments was the threat of war in Europe and the Far East, to which Stalin responded by launching an intense campaign to identify and destroy internal enemies before war should break out. Accompanying this were determined steps to bring the ideological underpinnings of Soviet rule into closer alignment with the realities of Stalin’s dictatorship and to increase the centralisation of decision-making in the economy.