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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Why did Stalin seek to transform the USSR economically & how successful was he?

James Harris, University of Leeds.

In this podcast Dr. Harris explains why all Bolsheviks agreed on the need to overcome economic backwardness. He explores why Soviet industrialisation took the form it did in the late 1920s, and then explores a fascinating paradox: How the Soviet planned economy in the 1930s was at once both a spectacular success and a catastrophic failure.
1. Why did Stalin seek to transform the USSR economically?
2. But were Stalin’s Five Year plans successful?

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