Economic Planning in Terror and War, 1937–41

  title={Economic Planning in Terror and War, 1937–41},
  author={Lennart Samuelson},
This final chapter deals with the Soviet side of what turned out to be the pre-war arms race. When the drafts for the third five-year plan for the period 1938–42 were made in 1937, nobody could know when a great war was most likely to occur. This self-evident elementary fact is worth underlining, since Soviet as well as Western historians have tended to judge the state of war-economic preparedness of the USSR from hindsight, rather than from the historical situation of the Soviet leadership.