War, Civil War and the 'Restoration' of Russia's Industrial Infrastructure, 1914-25: The Fate of the Railway Locomotive Stock

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Abstract

This article aims to quantify and assess the damage and destruction suffered by the locomotive stock of the Russian railways during the First World War and Civil War, as a means both
to test Bolshevik claims of wanton destruction by anti-Soviet forces and to examine the post-war recovery. It argues that destruction was rather less extensive than one might expect; that although damage did become significant, it only briefly threatened the Bolshevik regime; and that in this area the so-called ‘restoration period’ of 1921 –25 was in fact primarily a process of modernisation in which new equipment replaced damaged and old equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-59
Number of pages29
JournalRevolutionary Russia
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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