By Katherine Eaton

Information what traditional existence was once like through the awesome years of the reign of Soviet Union. Thirty-six illustrations, thematic chapters, a word list, timeline, annotated multimedia bibliography and distinct index make it a valid start line for taking a look at this robust nation's fast earlier.

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On December 1, 1934, Sergei Kirov (b. 1888) was murdered. He had headed the Party in Leningrad, had been a member of the Politburo since 1930, and was popular among Communist leaders, favored by some of them to replace Stalin as Secretary-General. Stalin probably ordered the assassination. It rid him of a challenger and served as a convenient pretext to launch a campaign to destroy all other potential challengers. Before the end of December the killer and 13 alleged accomplices were tried and executed.

A very promising producing-for-profit experiment, begun under Khrushchev in a small corner of the textile industry, was abandoned. The rate of industrial growth declined and planned increases usually fell short, often considerably short, of goals. In agriculture, private plots continued to produce a significant portion of the total output of meat, dairy products, and vegetables, and Brezhnev had the good sense to permit their expansion. In other areas agriculture suffered for the same old reasons.

During the same decade, mining and industrial production soared. This was especially true in the production of electricity and the basic materials of heavy industry: oil, coal, iron, and steel. During the first three five-year plans (1928-1941, the last shortened by war) Soviet workers more than tripled industrial production. The output of chemicals and electric power rose several times in this span of years. In its magnitude and speed the rise of Soviet industry outpaced even the great industrial revolutions of nineteenth-century Europe and America.

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