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Stalins rule over the USSR from 1929 onwards saw his country and his people devastated as he forced them to industrialise ruthlessly eliminated his opponents and lead his county to a costly victory in the Second World War Although his leadership was brutal his ideas to industrialise were successful if he had not drove his country to industrialise defeat in the Second World War would be certain The purges also offered small opening for peasants and workers to become involved in the running of the USSR Industrialization had a devastating impact on the people of the Soviet Union although the country benefited from the modernization In 1927 the Gosplan the state planning commission developed a series of plans to drastically transform the economy These plans aimed to ensure that the workers reached certain goals Industry agriculture energy public services housing railways canals trade transport and education were all taken into consideration and the people of the USSR were forced to begin this breakneck transformation Stalins famous words We must make up this lag in ten years Either we do it or they crush us inspired many to work hard and achieve the goals set before them however expectations were high and many workers began to hate the new push for industrialisation These plans spanned over 5 years and the secret police introduced work practices that required workers to work harder for less In 1939 the government introduced the uninterrupted week requiring each worker to work seven days a week Absences tardiness and unproductiveness were not acceptable from workers Labour camps were erected and workers who did not meet the governments standards would be sent to them and forced to work in a harsher environment The conditions of these camps were so extreme in some areas the temperature dropped to around -60ordm The effect of Stalins rapid industrialization had a fatal effect on many workers Although not everybody hated this demanding lifestyle some workers belonged
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