Five year plans - Edexcel AS history Russia

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Five year plans
People sacrificed their standards of living for longer term objectives
Gigantomania spectacular projects demonstrated the might of soviet industry
New industrial centers were constructed from nothing
Plans were drawn up by gov officials working for GOSPLAN ( state planning
No attempt to match materials to production & production to consumption
Unrealistic targets held centrally by GOSPLAN with little knowledge of factory that
they were dealing with
No clear idea of how it was to be done and materials produced a command economy
not a planned economy
Emphasis on heavy industry investment coal, iron & steel
Plans declared year ahead of schedule show how soviet planning was better than
capitalist West


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