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THE Soviet Five Year Plan of national development (shortened in practice to a four-and-a-quarter year plan) came to an end December 31, 1932. In retrospect we see that the adoption of this gigantic blue print for the regulation of every branch of social, economic and educational activity was one of the three most important dates in the history of the Russian revolution, the other two being the Bolshevik revolution itself on November 7, 1917, and the acceptance of Lenin's New Economic Policy in March 1921. Variously interpreted as a hope, a menace, a warning, a challenge and a chimera, the Plan has focussed foreign eyes

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