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Why did Stalin want to industrialise so quickly?

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debra gleig

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of Why did Stalin want to industrialise so quickly?

If the USSR had a strong industrial base, then they could be less reliant on imports.

To improve standards of living
We are 50 or 100 years behind the advanced countries. We must make this distance in 10 years.
To achieve self sufficiency
To increase grain supplies
To move toward a socialist society
Major problems had been created when there was bad harvest or the peasants did not produce enough food. It was essential for the USSR to be able to feed itself.
Stalin believed that he needed to catch up with the West not just militarily. The Communist life should be of a good quality and be the envy of the the rest of the world.
According to Marxist theory, socialism could only be created in an industrialised state where the majority of the population were workers. In 1928, only about 20% of the population were workers.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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An industrial base was
vital if a country was to
be able to defend herself
During the 1930s, Stalin
became convinced the
USSR would be attacked.
To increase military strength
Stalin needed to prove himself
Stalin had to prove he was equal to Lenin. To industrialise would make huge leaps towards the ideal socialist state and give him the reputation he craved.
Why did Stalin want to industrialise so quickly?
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