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Joseph Stalin 1927-1953 led the Soviet State through the challenges of World War II Although the war was a terrible drain on the already impoverished and exhausted society it resulted paradoxically in strengthening the Soviet dictatorship The war distracted the Soviet people from Stalins excesses in previous years and generated patriotism and national unity It also greatly strengthened the Soviet military The Soviet Union emerged from the war as second in power only to the United States Dr Minton F Goldman So what were the factors that contributed to the collapse of the super power and what is preventing Russia from re-entering the international community as a stabilized independent countryIn the beginning Communism seemed to be the utopian ideal for the people of Russia because it promised elimination of classes guaranteed employment and gave hope that The creation of a comprehensive social security and welfare system for all citizens that would end the misery of workers once and for all In 1917 when Lenin came to power the socialist dictatorship underwent radical changes in its economic doctrines adopting the New Economic Policy giving control of the majority of means of production to the government Lenins government made many achievements and in fact throughout the majority of Communist rule censorship and subordination of interest groups was imposed to stop dissension and increase conformity to the new governments policiesAfter Lenins death in 1924 his predecessor Joseph Stalin continued his reforms and at length became completely totalitarian making himself the most powerful man in Russia Stalin began the Great Purge campaign of removing all opposition to the Communist rule in which millions of people were arrested and either harassed or killed The economic system was changed so that the government controlled the entire system All the private ownership ended industrialization was commenced and the strength of the military was substantially increasedDuring this period agricultural production output diminished resulting in food shortages These shortages were only enhanced by the
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