Article “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930s

It has been thought and told of many times. – Even though Germany and the Soviet Union were fierce enemies they also had a number of very important and noticeable similarities which, even though only imaginary, pulled them together to kind of connection. Proof of this can be found in the article “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930”. One of the key common characteristics was the kind of economy used. In both Germany and the USSR command economy prevailed over any other forms of organizing country resources. It is obvious why it was this way. At the time there was no other possibility to fulfill enormous military spending in any other way. The government was at the complete control and it was only up to the highest branches of it to decide of how the money made is going to be spent. Both governments even planned their future in the same way. Besides maximum possible expansion and spread of ideology both Germany and the Soviet Union had almost the same preparations and arrangements as to what is going to be produced in the nearest years. For USSR it was the well known Stalin’s Five Year Plan. In the case of Germany it was the Four Year Plan. This strategy, if carried out properly, was believed to be able to help the countries to build indestructible weaponry, teach fearless soldiers and, most importantly, make the territory beneath their steps unconquerable and truly theirs for centuries to come. This is how Hitler and Stalin saw it.


P. Temin, “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930s”. Economic History Review, XLIV, 4(1991), pp. 573-593

~ by sportsmanpuma on March 15, 2007.

One Response to “Article “Soviet and Nazi economic planning in the 1930s”

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