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Why did Russia emerge as a superpower after WW2?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Why did Russia emerge as a superpower after WW2? Following its victory in World War 2, Russia emerged as a superpower of the world. Russia?s superpower status was based upon it having one of the strongest militaries in the world and its new geographical influence and it?s economic strength. Ultimately, Russia?s economy was the most important reason for it?s emergence as a superpower after World War 2, as this underpinned it?s military might's and allowed it to compete with America. Russia?s economy was the most important reason for it?s superpower status. Stalin had used the five year plans to turn Russia from a primarily agricultural economy into an advanced industrial economy. ...read more.

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Russia?s superpower status was also grounded on it?s military might. Indeed by 1946, Russia had the largest standing army worldwide, numbering 3 million men. Russia was truly able to compete with its superpower rival America, as it matched the latter?s atomic bomb in 1949, going on to develop it?s own Hydrogen bomb in 1953. Moreover, Russia began developing rockets immediately after war, which could be used as missiles against America. However, Russia?s military might was based on its strong economy, as these projects were extremely expensive. Indeed, Russia?s economy allowed it to devote 7.4 billion roubles to defence spending in the Fourth Five Year Plan, 2 million more than it had spent in the run up to war. ...read more.

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Additionally, Russia?s geographical influence aided it?s economy, as they traded exclusively with Russia. On balance, while Russia?s new geographical influence alone did not grant it?s superpower status, it certainly aided in doing so by giving it control over half of Europe and helping its economy and military might. In conclusion, Russia emerged as a superpower following World War 2 because of its economy, geographical influence and economy. These three factors were all linked and only together did they allow Russia to hold such this status. However it is plausible to suggest that without it?s military might or economy, Russia would not have had such a big geographical influence as this is what made Russia more powerful than. it?s satellite states. Therefore, Russia?s economy was the most important reason for its new superpower status, as it was a requirement for it?s military might. ...read more.

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