Successes and failures of the Second Five-Year Plan

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Successes

  • 4500 enterprises were opened
  • The plan benefited from big projects such as the Dnieprostroi Dam
  • Heavy industry benefited from plants built during the First Plan, which came on stream
  • Electricity production expanded rapidly
  • By 1937, the USSR was virtually self-sufficient in machine-making and metalworking
  • Transport and communications grew rapidly
  • Chemical industries such as fertiliser were growing

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