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Summarised translation of a journal article about wages and standards of living, 1938
(Catalogue ref: FO 371/22292, from S Schwartz in ‘Sotsialisticheski Vestnik’, 25 January 1938)
Transcript
FO 371/22292; article about wages and standards of living, 1938

Questions

  1. What trends does the table show?

  2. Does the source suggest that wages and living conditions had improved for all workers in the USSR?

  3. Did it matter if Soviet workers benefited equally from changes? Explain your answer.

  4. What conclusions about the success of the Five Year Plans can you draw from this source?

  5. This source is a British summary of an article written for a European journal associated with Russians in exile from the USSR. What are the advantages and disadvantages for a historian using this source?