Life changes in the Soviet Union

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  • How did life change for the peoples of the Soviet Union
    • On the face the results were impressive. Industrial production rose by about 400% in the 1930s.
    • Education and housing improved literacy increased rapidly.
    • Women were given equality for the first time. By 1940, 40% of workers were women. Creches were set up in factories to allow women to work.
    • The number of doctors increased and medical treatment improved.
    • The new constitution that was introduced in 1936 also looked very impressive. It guaranteed democracy, equality, freedom of worship and political freedom, amongst other things.
    • But it did not amount to anything in reality. The needs of the Communist Party could override all other considerations.


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