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The Soviet Union The Soviet Union has quite an interesting past. They have been part of both World Wars, they were at one time ranked as the first world power, and they created new jobs in industries. All these events had to have had at least one brain behind it. These brains were of the many leaders of the Soviet system. Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko were some of the Soviet Unions leaders that shaped their history to what it is today. It is their leaders that changed the world that we have today. Lenin was the first leader of the Soviet Union. He was the leader of the Bolsheviks, and in October 1917, he led them to overthrow the Provisional government. When the Bolsheviks took control of the country, food shortages were appearing and prices were rising drastically. So Lenin introduced government control of the workers and industry because he believed the workers were the government. ...read more.


Stalin believed the capitalist powers in the world would try to crush the Soviet Union. In order to prevent such events, Stalin began a series of five year plans to industrialize and to build up the country's defenses. The Soviet economy became a centrally planned economy. The communist party became the only political party in the Soviet society. In 1945, Stalin's armies occupied large parts of Eastern Europe and began to establish communist governments there. Much of the Soviet system emerged from Stalin's policies of industrialization, political control, centralized power, and defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. Stalin died on March 5, 1953. Due to his death, many Soviet people were sad to lose such a powerful leader. Under Stalin's rule, the Soviet Union had become a world and a great industrial power. Stalin, however, used too much force in his policies. Too many people were executed. Too much was sacrificed and wasted. ...read more.


Few policies were introduced to improve the soviet economy's performance. The Soviet system remained unchanged during Brezhnev's rule. The communist party continued as the most powerful political organization. The economy continued to be centrally planned. Andropov in 1982 became the leader of the communist party. There was some improvement in economic growth was made under him. The real economic problem that faced Andropov was how to modernize the economy and improve production but he did not live long enough to change the way the country was ruled. He died in February 9, 1984. Four days later, Chernenko was elected to replace Andropov. He only lived for another year and died in March 1985. The history of the Soviet Union is a unique one. The country was ruled from one leader to the next. Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko were all great leaders that sacrificed something out of the citizens to make the Soviet system better and better. Because of the leaders, the Soviet system is what it is today. ...read more.

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