Monday, May 19, 2008

Perestroika necessitated by the way that Stalin fucked up the Soviet Economy?

Perestroika refers to the economic restructuring that took place in the 1980s in the Soviet Union. One of the causes of the fall of the USSR is thought to be severe economic problems. Stalin, in his five year plans, created industries out of nothing in a very brutal way, one that took no notice of how much time or resources exactly these things that were being built would need to be fully functional at a decent level. For example, I recently saw a book of photographs detailing how the biggest car factory in the world was being built in the Soviet Union under Stalin in just 18 months.
The errors at the start of industry may have carried over and plagued the rest of Soviet economic development, ultimately leading to the crisis that Perestroika was set to correct and that opened the way for the destruction---not the reformation---of Russia as it had been for decades.

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