After the death of Lenin, Stalin emerged brining an alternative to the success of Russia. Stalin ruled the Soviet Union for almost 30 years doing anything he needed to achieve his goals and ending those who would seek to derail those goals. He proposed modern industrialization to spread world revolution through collectivization of the nation’s peasants and farmlands which would control agriculture. Driven to create a self-sufficient and military strong socialist state, Stalin aimed to keep up with the world superpowers. He also wanted to prove to other nations that communism produced results to match and even surpass their production rates. This was the birth of Stalin’s five-year plan thus abandoning Lenin’s quasi capitalist new economic policy. To implement this plan, the economy was centralized, and state unions were converted into mechanisms for increasing worker productivity. Through collectivization, private properties were confiscated and peasants were herded like cattle into collective farms. Goods produced were taken by the state and barely enough were left for the farmers to keep for themselves. Industrial workers were threatened into frenzy transforming the nation into a working camp. Gender was no barrier as women were pulled from their homes and placed into factories. Only those who worked were allowed small rations of bread. The fact that industrialization growth needed the growth of minds, Stalin was determined to wipe out illiteracy. Peasants were forced to learn to read and write which was a driving factor to the rapid growth of industrialization in Russia. However, while this newfound need for literacy educated thousands, the government still controlled what was read, seen, and heard. Hundreds and thousands of people who refused to conform to this environment were deported or worse, executed. Fear shrouded the country and tore spirits apart as people were sent to work in Siberia until a death brought upon by starvation or freezing would befall upon those condemned to this sentence. When the Nazis attacked, Russia fought back with their newly-found power through the manufacturing of war goods. They were able to push the Nazis back into the heart of Germany and earned the title of a “world power”. Refusing help from the United States of America to aid in the economic distress that Russia suffered from the war, the population was forced to take up the burden to reconstruction. Millions perished to widespread famine as Stalin had stated, “One death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic.” Stalin’s five-year plan was quite successful as he had met all his goals within the four-year mark.
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