Stalin believed Russia was a backwards country and had been beaten through out history because of this. The USSR was 50100 years behind the most developed count rises in the world and would have to industrialist quickly or be beaten again. To do this h e developed the five year plans as part of his New Economic Policy, they set targets for factories s and workers to help increase production and industrialist Russia. The first five year plan was focused on increased output in heavy industry of r example and electricity.
The targets were set high with a demand for a 110% increase in coal production, a 220% increase in iron production and a 335% in crease in electricity generation. Because these targets were very hard to reach, they oft en were not met, leading to falsification of many figures but there was still a great increase in output with iron and steel production doubling and electricity generation trebling. This Inc erase led to great efforts in construction like the building of the Belabor Canal. Ben Walsh shows that this was a success of the plan as it “created a foundation on which to build the en Ext five year plans”.
This shows the first plan was successful as the rise in output allowed f or the construction of new enterprises and supported the further development of in dusty in the next plans. However some argue that the first five year plan saw a great deal of nine efficiency and waste. The workers were often very poorly trained and were more focused o n meeting targets than producing quality work which led to insufficient goods. The history an from fistfights. Com believes that “the quality of production was often so poor that the output materials were not fit for use”.