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Was Stalins transformation of Russia successful That depends on your definition of success If success is nothing more than to carry out and prosper with what you intended to do than I believe that his transformation of Russia was indeed a success But success also accounts for continuing prosperity and how the success is achieved While Stalins plans may have been more successful than Lenins Russia or the Tsars Russia the mass amounts of death and the eventual fall of Russia causes me to say that Stalins transformation was not a success Stalins economic policies had moderate short-term success his reign seemed more autocratic than Marxist and social affairs in Russia were repressed Under these three points I intend to prove that Stalins transformation of Russia was a failure The focus of Stalins economy was on rapid industrialisation Russian industry at the time was behind in coal and steel produce to non-industrial countries such as France and were a long way behind the major industrial powers of Britain Germany and the USA The heavy workload on miners and factory workers and later the collectivisation policy on agriculture caused suffering for most of the population Workers had to face accusations of sabotage if the produce was not of high quality or if there were accidents Kulaks were being arrested and executed breaking peasant morale and resistance By 1937 well over 90 of farmland had been collectivised to pay for major projects such as rail roads and trivial things such as the great statues of Stalin which began appearing all over Russia A foreign journalist spoke of the unimaginable horror Mothers killed and ate their children Human flesh was sold at the market Dead horses were dug up and eaten Bark and leather was ground up to make a sort of flour The famine which claimed their lives was entirely man-made This horror would perhaps have been lessened if the tons of food that was not
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