Unified Military Industries of the Soviet Bloc: Hungary and the Division of Labor in Military Production

The twenty-third book, Unified Military Industries of the Soviet Bloc: Hungary and the Division of Labor in Military Production by Pál Germuska, examines Warsaw Pact economic and military cooperation, showing how the military industries of each member-state were coordinated by the Soviet Union to fit the larger goals of the bloc.  The book shows that the military industrial cooperation played a crucial role in the development of economic integration within the Soviet bloc. Supranational integration reached its height in the military industrial sector.  The book draws on recently declassified archival documents from Soviet-led international economic organizations to give insight into the behind-the-scenes deliberations, to shed light on the intensive conflicts and clashes of interests among the Warsaw Pact countries, and to highlight the bureaucratic workings of the Eastern bloc’s military industries.   A leading economic historian, Mark Harrison, published a detailed review essay lauding the book as “an extremely important contribution to scholarship” and “remarkably thorough in its coverage and research. Germuska has set a very high standard for all future work in the field.”