Question by : What industry did the Soviet Union apply to the Eastern Bloc? And effects?
I know Czechoslovakia was told to focus on heavy industry in its initial 5 year plans. What were other countries told to do? And what environmental effects did this have on the countries? I remember reading an article about the “dirty triangle” that focused on pollution from industry in Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany after the Iron Curtain came down, but I’m curious as to what else was brought to attention in the post Soviet years. Thank you!
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Most Communist states were told to focus on heavy industry and technology to improve the economy and aim to get ahead in the Arms Race against the USA.
The effect of this was that consumer goods suffered, therefore there was very little to buy, prices were high and quality was low.
Also, the emphasis on nuclear weapons in the Ukraine led to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, which had devastating effects still seen today
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