The Effects of Stalin on Russia Essay

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The Effects of Stalin on Russia

Much like Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin was one of the most ruthless and despised people in the recorded history of the world. Stalin though his policies found it fit to abused his people in any way he saw fit. This man started what history now calls "The Great Purges."
Through the late 1920's when the rest of the world was living it up as the roaring 20's came to an end, Joseph Stalin was setting the stage for gaining absolute power by employing secret police repression against opposing political and social elements within his own Communist Party and throughout society. This power had only been previosly used on groups against the new power of Communism but here it was now leveled against party
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Terror is defined as the use of extensive, indiscriminate force. This was nothing new to Bolshevism. From its start people at all levels were intimidated and forced into change at the expense of freedom and life. With Stalin the use of terror was expanded to a new range and scope. Stalin and his Bolsheviks accepted terror as a legitimate social and political means of change and indeed a weapon. Stalin was not the first leader to use these tactics as a political weapon; however, this man certainly took it to a new level. Fear and terror reached throughout all socio-economic classes. Stalin would periodically purge the secret police, the NKVD, the townspeople and political opponents to ensure complete loyalty to him.
Starting in late 1928 Stalin and his governing body launched a set of policies known as the "Five-year plans." These plans were designed to turn backward Russia into an industrial and military world power. The condition of Russian culture and technology when compared to the rest of the world at this time was dismal and embarrassing to Stalin. Most of Stalin's plans for the rebuilding of Russia as a world power were accomplished in only one decade. Though this was in and of itself a great success, the peasants paid a heavy price in property, freedom and in many cases their lives. Many people starved to death from famine during this time and

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