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With What Justification May Stalins Policies Of Collectivisation Industrialisation Be Described As A Second Revolution In The USSR We are 50 or 100 years behind the advanced countries We must make good of this distance in ten years Either wee do it or they crush us In 1931 Stalin made this statement at the Communist party conference ten years later the USSR was embroiled in World War Two fighting to preserve the communist state they had built Stalin had the insight to determine the problems in the Soviet economy now all he had to do was deal with them The answer was found in Collectivisation and Industrialisation Stalins Five Year Plans FYP were designed to transform the USSR into a superpower through rapid Industrialisation The main aim of the economic policy was to modernise in order to overt the threat that the advanced countries posed to the USSR However there were other secondary aims such as to increase the number of workers in the cities break the backs of the peasantry and to return to revolutionary theory Neither Collectivisation or Industrialisation were Stalins ideas They were the policies advocated by the leftist wing of the Communist party of which Trotsky was the leading member that Stalin had argued so fervently against during the power struggle However once Stalin had power he implemented them with his own style and harshness that made them his Many historians see these policies as making such a dramatic social change to the make up of the USSR that they term it as the second revolution They believe that the change was at least a great as the October Revolution which heralded the arrival of the Bolshevik era This essay will discuss the aims methods and results of the economic policies that Stalin introduced such as Collectivisation and Industrialisation and conclude as to whether these policies can be justifiably described as a second revolution in the USSR
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