Stalin 's Impact On The Soviet Union Essay

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Josef Stalin’s rise to power and ruler of the Soviet Union from 1928 to 1954 had a drastic effect on the country. To some extent, his rule was beneficial to Soviet Union, but overall, it was majorly devastating, particularly to the wellbeing of the Russian people. During his time as leader, Stalin implemented many significant changes within the Soviet Union, such as his program of rapid industrialization and modernization, which achieved huge increases in Soviet productivity and economic growth, but cost the suffering of many Russians; and Stalin’s forced alteration in the collectivsation of farms, which cost the deaths of millions. Even more so, the population of the Soviet Union suffered greatly during the 1930s, in which Stalin purged the party of 'enemies of the people ', resulting in the exile of millions to the gulag system of slave labor camps. Stalin, therefore, to some extent had a positive impact on the emergence of Russia, but in regards to the welfare of the Russian people, his rule was devastating.

After the death of Vladimir Lenin, the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1924, a significant power struggle took place within the USSR. On January 21, 1924, Vladimir Lenin died, with the majority believing Leon Trotsky, the leader of the Red Army would become leader – especially as Lenin left a testament will stating that Stalin was dangerous and should be dismissed. Stalin was able to achieve leadership through creating a strong politically…

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