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Stalin was born in 1879 and died 1953 He was the leader of Russia and wanted to industrialize it because they were behind most of the other countries A quote that Stalin made was We are 100 years behind the advanced countries We must make good this lag in ten years Either we do it or they crush us In order to bring Russia up to the current level of industry he employed a variety of different ideas to help Russia Stalin was a tyrannical leader and did what he had to do to keep Russia from falling more and more behind the more industrialized countries He would kill many people if had to and he didIn 1928 Stalin started the first of 2 five-year plans For the first five-year plan Stalin forced farmers and industry to modernize The Soviet economy was concentrated in agriculture By the mid-1920s there were about 25 million farms in the Soviet Union but many produced only enough to feed the families who worked them The more successful peasants were called kulaks In 1929 Joseph Stalin introduce a campaign to liquidate the kulaks as a class in order to collectivize agriculture He felt that once the peasants saw the benefits of modern agriculture they would join the state-run collective farms They were more stubborn than Stalin expected They were unwilling to sell their products at the low prices They destroyed their livestock tools and burned their crops or let them rot in the fields Between 1929 and 1934 the number of cattle in the country dropped from 58 million to 335 million The number of horses dropped from 326 million to 173 million Livestock totals did not reach their pre-Five Year Plan levels again until the mid-1950s Stalin was unhappy with this so he sent diplomats few or just sent secret police or army units to deal with resisting cities towns or villages In 1928 only 17 of the peasants
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