Stalin Essay

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Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1929 to 1953. Although Stalins reign in power did not begin immediately his contribution to government began in 1912, and from then on he slowly rose to the high chain of command. Stalins long and troublesome road to absolute power had many steps that marked important events in the Soviet Union condition but they did not always improve the life of his people. When Lenin died in 1924, Stalin used the current power Stalin used his new authority to try and make the Soviet Union a world power so that no enemies could destroy his nation. When he first took over, he began a series of five-year plans. The first plan was to industrialize the country, however, the production of machinery and farm equipment became more important than the production of household items and necessities such as clothing and food. Secondly, Stalin wanted to use collectivization to increase the production of agricultural products and to end private farming. Stalin also decided to transfer the control of the farms to the government, and as a result, caused a severe resistance in the peasant class especially the kulaks. The measures taken by Stalin to discipline those who opposed his authority were either exiled, or executed as well as a great famine killed 10 million peasants (1932-33). However despite these incidents Stalin achieved his goals. Collectivization was a success in terms of industrial growth attained by the series of five-year plans. Stalin had finally conquered the economic hardships that the Soviet Union had encountered. Stalin was then ready to deal with any opposition to his policies. In 1935 he started what is now known as the Great Purge in which no one was able to escape the terror of his rule. First beginning with the elimination of most of the prominent Bolsheviks and many army officers, he staged the Moscow show trials

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