The publication of the seventh book of the Industrialisation of Soviet Russia series represents the culmination of a 70-year project that can be traced back to Edward Hallett Carr’s classic series The History of Soviet Russia
. In this final volume, The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia Volume 7: Soviet Economy and the Approach of War, 1937-1939
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), its authors – R.W. Davies, Mark Harrison, Oleg Khlevniuk, and Stephen G. Wheatcroft – describe the Soviet economy at the end of an era of tumultuous change. Overshadowing developments during this period were the purges that decimated not just the Communist Party leadership but the nomenklatura and lower level managers in many sectors, as well as millions of ordinary citizens. Though the economy suffered from this disruption, it did not alter the fundamental institutions of the Soviet economy, which were increasingly shaped primarily by the demands of internal and external security.