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THE FIVE YEAR PLANS
Stalin

FIRST 5YP

Causes

Ideological: Socialism is only possible in a highly industrialised county. However, Russia was economically backwards ­
perhaps a hundred years behind the west. So, Stalin wanted to catch up with the West and industrialise in ten years.
He wanted the working class…

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THE FIVE YEAR PLANS AIMS

First 5YP Second 5YP Third 5YP
1928-32 1933-38 1938-41
Heavy industry Heavy industry Heavy industry
Communication Rearmament
s Creation of a
Electricity war economy
New industries
Consumer
goods
Second 5YP

More realistic targets
Over fulfilled by 3%
Transport improved. The Moscow metro opened and the…

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