Essay on Soviet Union

To What Extent Were the Purges Caused by Stalin’s Paranoia

To what extent were the Purges caused by Stalin’s paranoia? Daniel Johnston Stromness Academy SCN: O62114657 Introduction J. Arch Getty says that “The Great Terror of the 1930s in the Soviet Union was one of the most horrible cases of political violence in modern history”[i] but was this political terror a result of Stalin’s own […]

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OPERATION PAPERCLIP

OPERATION PAPERCLIP According to the CIA report, there was a secret project code-named Operation Paperclip that was meant to bring the Nazi scientist to the US after World War II.[1] It was during the same period that the Russians were also trying to recruit these specialist. The end of the war saw different allied parties coming […]

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Second Variety

Second variety is a wonderful and influential short story written by Philip K. Dick. This is a science fiction which describes the destruction caused to earth surface by nuclear wars making it uninhabitable for human beings. This short story is full of suspense, violence and thrill. In the process of evolution, the second variety is […]

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AP Euro – 2156 words – College

Typical of the new generation of political leaders was Mikhail Geographer, who was, above all, a technocrat, someone who could apply specialized technical knowledge to the problems of a stagnant Soviet economy” (903). Glasnost- “Geographer set in motion in 1985 plans for increased openness, which he called glasnost” (903). Perestroika- “Geographer set in motion in […]

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Why US hegemony in the 20th century was inevitable

As the year 1899 passed into history and the 20th century dawned; the world was a very different place that what we know it as today. Europe was just coming out of a period now known as the ‘Long Depression,’ which was a worldwide economic crisis that began in Vienna Austria in 1873 and didn’t […]

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The USSR under Stalin, 1924-1941

1. Explain why according to Source D “four to five million people perished”?Richard Service states in Source D that four to five million people perished “from ‘dekulakisation’ and grain seizures.” Dekulakisation refers to the annihilation of the entire class of kulaks, which were ‘rich peasants’. Kulaks were peasants who were somewhat better off than other […]

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How did the rule of Stalin affect the Soviet Union

Joseph Stalin was born in Georgia in 1879. Stalin was educated in a religious college but was expelled for revolutionary activities. He then became a member of the Bolshevik Party, he used to organise bank robberies and was jailed a few times. After the November revolution Stalin was given more power and was promoted by […]

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Was the Great Leap Forward a ‘tragedy of good intentions’

The Great Leap Forward is recognized as one of the main distinguishing features of the Maoist paradigm. Ultimately the Great Leap led to famine, where between the years 1958 and 1962 more than 30 million Chinese starved to death. 1 The startling nature of the famine is that for about twenty years after it occurred, […]

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Cultureexample

The Cuban Missile Crisis took place in the 1960’s not long after President John F. Kennedy’s failure in the Bay of Pigs. In October of 62’ photographs of Soviet missiles were taken from planes flying over Cuban soil. This put Americans on the edge of their seat, not prepared for another war. Kennedy already looking […]

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Discuss relations between the United States of America and the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1945

The period between 1917 and 1945 saw several major changes in the relationship between the USA and Russia. Although traditionally the two countries were had had a harmonious relationship, it had been clear for some time before the Russian Revolutions that interests were diverging. The next 28 years saw the relationship between the two on […]

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How and why did Stalin rise to power?

Vladmir Lenin was the leader of the Bolsheviks who seized power in November 1917. He died in January 1924 after a series of strokes that left him completely paralysed, and eventually killed him. When he died, he left no clues as to whom he wanted to succeed him as ruler of the USSR, even though […]

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Explain why Stalin, and not Trotsky, emerged as Lenin’s successor

The race for power in Russia began following the recovery of the Russian economy when Lenin after suffering several strokes and paralysis eventually died in the January of 1924 leaving the Russian people in mourning.For many people at the time Trotsky seemed like the obvious replacement for the almighty Lenin, and it was perhaps because […]

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How successful were Stalin’s economic policies?

Stalin’s economic policies were successful to an extent, especially when looking at the increases in production of heavy industry. However they also failed in several important areas such as agriculture, meaning the overall success was limited. Also, when evaluated in terms of the effects on the people of the Soviet Union, the policies had, in […]

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What were the purges?

Purges refer to “cleansing out”. Purges regularly took place in Russia especially when the leaders wanted to reshape the party or exercise more control.Three phases in the purges of 1930’s can be identified-1. Chistka of 1932-35. 20% of the party was expelled non-violently.2. Show trials. Prominent old Bolsheviks were publicly tried and executed.3. Mass terror […]

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How Far Do You Agree With

Development of the Cold War, in the five years between 1945 and 1950, could be argued as taking place for a number of reasons and due to various individuals. It could be easy to simply site Stalin as the main reason responsible for it’s outbreak and growth, clear through his approach on communist expansion, use […]

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Stalin – 2570 words – College

At the height of death and destruction in the twentieth century, Joseph Stalin’s named is mentioned only behind that of Adolf Hitler.  Upon his death in 1953, mixed emotions flowed as result of his actions (Roberts 2003). It ranged from the ideal cult figure to the most benign of dictators.Stalin received a hale of praises […]

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How did Stalin’s rule change the Soviet Union

Stalin totally hanged the country. When he gained power the economy was still based on agriculture and the majority of people lived in the countryside; when he died, the country was a global superpower, with a huge heavy industry sector and the majority of the people lived in cites. He achieved these through two policies; […]

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

“Slow and steady wins the race” All must have read the story of the race between the Rabbit and the tortoise. Tortoise, the slowest creature wins at the end as he was steady through out the race. The same applies in our life. Every day we run a race no matter what we are. To […]

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Iron Curtain Speech

1. What type of document is this? In other words, in what genre is the text written? This type of document is a speech delivered by Winston Churchill in 1946. 2. Trace the genealogy of this speech. From where did this document come, when was the original written, and do any other versions survive? On […]

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Omon Ra Analysis

“Omon Ra”, a novel written by the Russian author, Victor Pelevin, is definitely an interesting and enjoyable story. The story deals with the central character, Omon Krizomazov, who lives up to his dream in becoming an astronaut and flying into space. Omon’s family is broken and absent which leads him in becoming a child of […]

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Critical Analysis of a Geopolitical Text: Ich Bin Ein Berliner

“Ich bin ein Berliner,” or “I am a Berliner” is the unforgettable speech that was delivered by John F. Kennedy in front of hundreds of Berliners on the balcony of the Schoeneberg Rathaus (city hall) in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. It is considered one of the best rhetorical speeches ever given. My aim […]

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