In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin undertook to build one of the world’s largest navies, a Soviet fleet of battleships and battle cruisers. He did so in the face of well known impediments and shortfalls of geography, finances, and industrial capacity and capability—and in the absence of an obvious and compelling strategic rationale. Why?
Hauner, Milan L.
"Stalin’s Big-Fleet Program,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 57
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol57/iss2/6