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From Stalin to MaoAlbania and the Socialist World$
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Elidor Mëhilli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714153

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714153.001.0001

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Socialism as Exchange

Socialism as Exchange

(p.130) 4 Socialism as Exchange
From Stalin to Mao

Elidor Mëhilli

Cornell University Press

This chapter conceives of socialism as interactions and comparisons that go beyond the Soviet Union. After all, socialism was more than any one country’s past and present. The chapter traces technical exchanges between East German, Czechoslovak, Hungarian, and Albanian engineers, economists, geologists, and planners throughout the 1950s. How could a pre-industrial country fit into a more integrated socialist economic space? Who got to determine the terms of exchange? The analysis takes seriously efforts within the Council for Mutual Economic Aid, set up to forge a socialist economic order, but it also considers the persistence of bilateral and informal arrangements.

Keywords:   economy, planning, integration, trade, Comecon, East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, advisers, engineers

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