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The top of the world league table of gold production, January 1938
(Catalogue ref: FO 371/22292)
FO 371/22292; world league table of gold production, 1938


  1. Where did the USSR come in terms of gold production compared to other countries in 1937?

  2. What position was it in 1931?

  3. What is the percentage increase of the USSR’s gold production between 1931 and 1937?

  4. How do you think the USSR increased its production of gold?

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