Organised chaos: Five Year Plans

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Five Year Plans

  • First Five Year Plan: Oct 1928-Dec 1932
  • Second Five Year Plan: Jan 1933-Dec 1937
  • Third Five Year Plan: Jan 1938-1941

Reasons for Launching the Five Year Plans:

1) Economic:

The NEP failed to industrialise Russia. E.g. amounts of iron, steel and copper never exceeded the amount produced in Tsarism times.

Improvements in production of crude oil/coal still behind of Germany+France

2) Ideological:

Stalin believed that socialism was only possible in a highly advanced


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