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Soviet electrification: the roads not taken

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1 Author(s)
Coopersmith, J. ; Dept. of History, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA

Drawing on material presented in greater detail in his book The Electrification of Russia, 1880-1926 (1992), the author discusses the history of electrification in Russia and details the formation of the State Committee for the Electrification of Russia (GOELRO). GOELRO's plan for using a network of regional stations controlled by the Soviet government is described. A discussion on why the Soviet state favored large-scale electrification instead of alternatives that promised more immediate economic and social returns is given. GOLERO's aim to use technology to transform a backward country into a modern, Communist state is also discussed.<>

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Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )