"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
--"Ozymandias," by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Copyright © 1999 by Hugo S. Cunningham
"The USSR transformed itself from an agrarian country into an industrial country."
"Each circle represents 10% of national product.
Source: Vsesoyuznyj Institut Izobrazitel'noj Statistiki Sovetskogo Stroitel'stva i Xozyajstva pri CIK SSSR ["All-Union Institute of Graphic Statistics of Soviet Construction and Economy for the CEC (Central Executive Committee) of the USSR"], Na Strojke Socializma: Dostizheniya Pervoj Pyatiletki ["Building Socialism: Achievements of the First Five Year Plan"], OGIZ-IZOGIZ, Moscow, 1933. Page 1
Nevertheless, one should not try to go far with this analysis. Soviet graphics, especially public ones, were intended for inspiration, not accurate disclosure.
A quote from the young Lenin on the advantages of famine
(2) Stalin was quite successful in crushing innovative spirit in the peasantry. Hastily-divided collective farms are not automatically going to find their way into the hands of productive and entrepreneurial go-getters.
(3) One should not idealize the pre-1929 Soviet countryside as a Ukrainian Iowa. Peasants worked their own land, but were jealous of outsiders and oblivious to property rights. Entrepreneurs who tried to hold on to their own land for intensive and scientific cultivation were viewed with envy and suspicion.
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