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Stalins Five Year Plans were a great success 1928-1941. Do you agree? Explain you answer.

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Shafaq Yaqoob ?Stalin?s Five Year Plans were a great success 1928-1941.? Do you agree? Explain you answer. As a result of industrialisation being introduced, Russia?s industry was successfully modernised which allowed the industrial production to impressively increase and in some cases the targets set by the state were surpassed. However the production figures calculated by the state were not always accurate and were exaggerated as the state wanted to project an image of the success of industrialisation. Furthermore, looking at the different projects completed under industrialisation such as Magnitogorsk were genuinely impressive, on the other hand, the human cost and punishments that the workers had to face were terrible. Compared to other great powers such as the USA, Germany and Britain the USSR was still a backward nation and desperately required modernisation which would the USSR to become a self-sufficient nation and less reliant on foreign capitalist powers; in order to achieve, Stalin introduced the Five Year Plans. The First Five Year Plan (1928- 1932) mainly focused on heavy industry such as coal, oil iron steel and electricity which laid the foundations for the future growth. ...read more.

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As a result of these great accomplishments under the Five Year Plans allowed the USSR to become the world?s largest industrial produce. In addition to these spectacular achievements, unemployment was non-existent. Education in the USSR became free and compulsory for all. Even though the targets set by the state were incredibly high, many were surpassed and those who achieved their targets were awarded with higher wages and bonuses. Regardless of the success of industrialisation, we must also consider the terrible punishments that the workers had to face. Despite the impressive achievements made there were many problems with industrialisation. The image that was being shown to the public by the state was false while the reality was different. The targets that were set by the state were incredibly high and were not always achieved. In order to portray the success of industrialisation, the production figures were exaggerated. Not only the production figures were overstated but also the propaganda surrounding Stakhanov is another example of the state?s exaggeration of achievements to encourage people to work harder. In reality, he was helped by two other helpers in the coal mine. ...read more.

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Due to the workforce consisting of untrained workers, there were often accidents which led to deaths. Regardless of the hard work they did, the wages that the workers received were low. It was not only the workers who were badly affected by industrialisation but also the Muslims. Their religion Islam was seen as holding back industrialisation and was therefore repressed. Muslims leaders were imprisoned or deported and mosques were closed down. Along with the repression of Islam, Christian worship was made difficult as Christian Orthodox churches were shut down and used for other purposes such as grain storage. On balance, it can be said that to some extent the Five Year Plans were a great achievement. Under the Five Year Plans, the industrial production in different industries was doubled and hydroelectric power was introduced in the USSR. There was hardly unemployment and the education became free. However, the punishments that the workers had to face were terrible. Lateness was not tolerated and harshly punished. Along with the worker, worship was made hard for Orthodox Christians and the religion Islam was repressed as it was seen as holding back industrialisation. And the production figures were not always accurate as they were manipulated by the state to project an image of success. ...read more.

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