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Reluctant Cold Warriors: Economists and National Security

Vladimir Kontorovich


The academic study of the Soviet economy in the US was created to help fight the Cold War, part of a broader mobilization of the social sciences for national security needs. The Soviet strategic challenge rested on the ability of its economy to produce large numbers of sophisticated weapons. The military sector was the dominant part of the economy, and the most successful one. However, a comprehensive survey of scholarship on the Soviet economy from 1948-1991 shows that it paid little attention to the military sector, compared to other less important parts of the economy. Soviet secrecy does n ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Soviet economy, Military sector, mobilization of social sciences, national security, study of the Soviet economy, civilianization, secrecy, socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190868123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190868123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vladimir Kontorovich, author
Professor of Economics, Haverford College