Soviet Foreign Trade

Soviet Foreign Trade

Soviet Foreign Trade

Soviet Foreign Trade

Excerpt

Contemporary economists, and others concerned with international relations or with foreign trade, recognize that the Soviet economic system and the Soviet system of foreign trade differ substantially from those of other countries. Yet, with rare exceptions, this knowledge is limited to vague conceptions of differences and does not extend to a factual knowledge of the working machinery of the Soviet economic system and the development of the country's economy. Such deficient knowledge creates misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Discussions of the Soviet foreign trade system, and of the development of the foreign trade of the USSR, thus often lead either to a theoretical enumeration of all the potential dangers of this system with regard to dumping, discrimination, distortion of commercial principles, and so on, or to an exaggerated expectation that, if the Soviet government so decided, it could completely change the character of its economic relations and the amount of its trade with particular foreign countries. Needless to say either approach to the problem is fallacious and is harmful to the establishment of sound economic relations between the USSR and other countries. The first approach may create unnecessary and easily avoidable difficulties and obstacles; the second may lead to possible miscalculations, disillusion, and disappointment.

In The Development of the Soviet Economic System I have tried to present the main facts and explain the main processes in the building of the present-day Soviet economic system and in the actual development of the economy of the USSR. My purpose here is to describe the Soviet system of foreign trade in force on the eve of the Second World War, to analyze the actual development of foreign trade in the USSR in the past, and to stress facts which seem likely to influence the development of Soviet foreign trade in the post-war period. Before describing the Soviet foreign . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.