Stalin & The 5-Year Plan

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Nada El-Ghandour History Essay - Mr. Knutson

Grade 10B 2/4/2014

Thesis Statement

"Joseph Stalin created the Five-Year Plan that included methods and goals which were detrimental to Russian agriculture in 1928"

Stalin's Five-Year Plans Essay

In 1929, Joseph Stalin became one of the world's most aggressive leaders, the leader of Russia. He realized that Russia was far behind most other countries, especially the West, so he created the Five-Year Plan to strengthen the economy and make the nation independent. This included methods and goals which were harmful to Russian agriculture. He turned Russia from an agriculture country to an industrial one. Stalin transformed the Soviet Union into a modern superpower. Even though Stalin made improvements in the Russian industrial system, his rule did not benefit Russian society and the Russian people. In order to this, this essay will discuss the three five-year plans, the peasant's reaction toward it and their successes and failures.

Stalin had many main aims to improve Russia through the Five-Year Plan. First he wanted to Industrialize and strengthen Russia's economy, as well as modernize its industries by building new dams for hydro-electricity. The plan included new roads, new steel and metal plants, and new canals. Stalin wanted to modernize Russia's economy because a strong economy would lead to a strong military. Stalin's goal was to survive threats from external forces and provide the farmers with the machinery they needed such as tractors to modernize their farms. He wanted to increase agricultural productivity and make improvements in the Russian industrial system. He tried to change Russia's agricultural system and achieve self-sufficiency and to improve standards of living of people in Russia. One of Stalin's main goals was to increase the output of industrial goods, and he placed emphasis on electrical power, capital goods (ex. coal, iron,