Joseph Stalin: “Results of the First Five-year Plan”


After Joseph Stalin (1878–1953) became first General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1922, he organized and implemented a series of five-year plans to modernize and expand Soviet industry, technology, and agriculture and to create a centralized Socialist command economy. He created a state planning commission to set targets and goals for various aspects of the economy, in the expectation of exceeding those goals. The First Five-year Plan, emphasizing heavy machinery, began in 1928 and was actually completed in four years. At the...

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