Question by kate123: QUESTION ABOUT STALIN!?
How did Stalin’s policies change? How did they stay the same? (all under his rule)
Answers and Views:
Answer by The Eagle Is Mad
He was a brutal dictator until he died in 1953.
Answer by Paul Grass Lives and Reigns
you can’t be any more specific than that? he was a dictator for a long time
Answer by What
Stalin is credited with killing upwards of between 20 million and 50 million people during his time as the totalitarian dictator of the U.S.S.R.
Answer by JOE
No change at all anyone that disagreed with him he killed and he did it for a long time
Answer by Jim Rooks
Stalin was a good old-fashioned despot. no different than any other despot in history. his policies were “living”, like the left thinks our Constitution should be, and anytime the rules are “living”, you essentially HAVE no rules
Answer by Spellbound
Stalin’s domestic policies remained more or less unchanged from 1918 until his death in 1953 – if fact, many of them remained in place from 1928 until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The two main policies that remained more or less unchanged were the Five Year Plans and the Collectivisation of Agriculture.
The Five Year Plans set out 5-year targets for all industries – the plans HAD to be fulfilled by any means possible, with little, or no, regard for quality.
The Collectivisation of Agriculture was the grouping of several small peasant farms into a larger economic unit.
There was considerable tinkering with the details of these policies, but the essence of them remained the same.
One policy that changed greatly was Stalin’s first major policy initiative – Socialism in One Country. Stalin wanted to consolidate the gains of the revolution – other Bolsheviks wanted to “export” the revolution to the rest of Europe – particularly to Germany. Following WWII, Stalin was able to export the revolution – well, to impose Soviet style governments and economies, on the countries that fell under the Soviet sphere of influence.
Stalinist foreign policy also changed enormously. In 1931 Stalin was concerned that the USSR could be invaded by the Western powers, it was in poor shape economically and militarily. In 1945 the USSR proved itself on the battlefield to be the equal of, at least, the best armies in the World. The only thing it lacked was the atomic bomb – it got one in 1949. The Soviet Union was now not afraid of anyone, and could project its might across the World – like it saw Britain before the war and the USA doing afterwards.
BTW – Stalin’s death toll is not 20 – 30 million – that is cold war propaganda, the current thinking is that 680,000 were shot, and another 1 million to 10 million (historians are still debating the numbers) died as a result of his policies.
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