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`The Five Year Plans 1928-1941 were an economic and political success but an utter
disaster for Soviet society.'

In 1928, Stalin announced his plans for rapid industrialisation of the USSR. In Russia this was called the
`Great Turn' as it completely changed the agricultural and industrial landscape. Historians have

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bureaucracy with the title of Party member.' Trade unions had little influence as they were controlled
by the Party and would not organise strike action. The Stakhanovite movement maintained worker
morale at a time when the novelty of the new system would have worn off. Finally, the emergence
and prominence…


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