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Stalin and Industrialization in the 1930s For many countries in Europe during the early nineteen hundreds industrialization had already left its mark and was considered widespread Other countries were several steps behind such industrial powers as Great Britain Their economies still depended on rural markets and there had been no influx of people to urban areas One country Russia had such an economy Joseph Stalin would soon change this however So in hindsight the Industrial Revolution was necessary and eminent for the Soviet Union but Stalin forced it on his state in a horrific manner which only worsened living conditions and created negative tensions among his people In order to better comprehend the negative aspects of Stalins industrialization first it is necessary to put the circumstances into perspective with a brief summary of Stalins rise to power then an overview of the two Five Year Plans will be provided and finally the effects of Stalins industrialization will be outlined Stalin first came out of the woodwork during the October Revolution in the early 1900s with the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks Stalin became general secretary of the Bolshevik partys Central Committee He was also the commissar of the Workers and Peasants Inspectorate and the commissar of nationalities McCauley 3 The two apparent heirs to Lenins regime were Josef Stalin and Leon Trotsky After Lenins death Stalin gained power by allying himself with the moderates to fight off his rival Leon Trotsky who was a radical and another member of the Central Committee Although Trotsky was better suited for the position with his strong political inclinations towards reasonable social adaptability Josef Stalin assumed control and subsequently ordered the exile of all opposing cabinet ministers including Trotsky Anyone in the Union who objected to his decisions was sent to Siberian prison camps or murdered He now had full control without any intervention from other liberal or moderate parties He decided to concentrate on improving
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