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British summary of a USSR newspaper report on the production of consumer goods, 1938
(Catalogue ref: FO 371/22293)
FO 371/22293; summary of a report on production of consumer goods, 1938


  1. Why do you think children's beds were made out of scrap metal?

  2. The USSR government decided how many consumer goods were produced. What factors do you think the government took into account when deciding how much to produce?

  3. By how much was the production of metal consumer goods behind target in the first 5 months of 1938?

  4. What problems might this have caused for:
    1. the government?
    2. consumers?
    3. factory managers?
    4. factory workers?