Naval War College Review


The collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of major Russian archives have provided an opportunity to add greatly to our understanding of the character of the Soviet navy. Eminent researchers Jürgen Rohwer and Mikhail S. Monakov have contributed much to this understanding with their study of Soviet naval shipbuilding and strategy when Josef Stalin controlled the devel- opment of the Soviet Navy, from 1935 until his death in 1953. They have un- covered extensive details of the massive shipbuilding program, most of which never came to fruition. Strategy, how- ever, remains as murky as ever.