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  • Robert H. McNeal
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Nothing was more generally or readily agreed among Bolsheviks than the proposition that Russia needed massive industrial growth in order to achieve a socialist society. While sharing this concensus, Stalin did not distinguish himself as an early or emphatic advocate of rapid industrial growth, once pre-war levels of production had been achieved in 1926. In that year he even opposed a proposal to undertake construction of a huge dam on the Dnieper River, comparing this to the folly of a peasant who invested precious savings in a gramophone when he should have used it to repair his plough. Perhaps Stalin, influenced by Bukharin, did indeed believe that the best investment strategy at that point was the renovation of existing plants rather than the expansion of electric power production before there was a market for it. Or he may merely have opposed the dam because Trotsky had proposed it.


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  • Robert H. McNeal
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  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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