Essay on Stalin 's Influence On The Soviet Union

1390 Words Apr 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The mid-20th century was the time of the rise of Communism, in which Soviet Union (or Russia) was the pioneer. Under the leadership of Lenin, the Communist Party gained power in Russia in 1920, ending the bloody Civil War. With the authority of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, Soviet Union was significantly improved economically and societally, especially after suffering the tremendous casualties since the Great War. Nonetheless, after Lenin’s death in 1924, Joseph Stalin finally gained power and quickly, he made several significant changes in the Soviet society. Under Stalin’s regime, the Soviet communism system turned out that it did not work as efficiently as Karl Marx predicted and Lenin expected.
After controlling the communist government, Stalin became to extend his influence and quickly possessed absolute power. Unlike the prior leader, Lenin, who allowed some capitalist ventures, the new leader Stalin used censorship to rule over the Soviet Union, turning the country into a totalitarian state, developing a command economy. Between 1928 and 1933, planning to achieve the rapid industrialization, Stalin inaugurated the “Five-years plan,” in which the workers were enforced to produce a certain amount of products within five years. On November 19, 1928, the dictator gave an “inspirational” speech “Industrialization of the Country and the Right Deviation in the C.P.S.U.”, stressing the current economic situation of Soviet Union and thus showing the essential reasons to launch…

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