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Evaluation on the Effect of Stalin's Economic and Social Policies

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18/10/04 Evaluation on the Effect of Stalin's Economic and Social Policies Julie Nelson One of Russia's most prominent political leaders of all time, was a man named Joseph Dzhugashvili. A man, who at one time was being trained to become a priest, and would one day become a major revolutionary in the history of the USSR. The name that Stalin went by was not his given name, but one meaning "man of steel," that he made up. Stalin's rule is one of history's more controversial topics and still, even years after his rampant rule in the USSR between 1927 and 1940, certain policies and events must be evaluated, in order to come to a conclusion about whether there is justification in what he did to achieve his goals. During his time in power he dictated many new policies and several of the policies created by Lenin, were thrown out. He was ruthless and cold-heartedly showed no one mercy during his reign, but because of him and some of the cruel policies that he enforced, Russia became a super power. Some of Stalin's economic policies that he so barbarously enforced were good for the economy of the USSR, but took a devastating toll on the people who had to carry it out. One of these policies was The Five Year Plans. There were three Five Year Policies in total, implemented from 1928 to 1941, which did the economy of the USSR a long awaited boost. ...read more.

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Although it may have helped to fund the 5 Year Plans, thousands had to die for it. Lastly, Stalin's Communist policy was one that affected the economy too. Stalin was very against capitalism, even on a small scale, like the Kulaks. The idea of communism was very popular amongst the citizens, especially the younger people in Russia, because it promised a better life. I think that it was a good policy, but it too had its bad points. Total communism is nearly impossible to create in the short time frame that Stalin expected everyone to do it in. He also had no room for compromise, such as with the Kulaks, which lead to revolt. His political views also made the rest of the world fearful and unwilling to collaborate with Russia, which left the country with no market. Communism was a popular political ideology at the time, but I believe that Stalin went about it the wrong way, and made it more of a dictatorship. Things in the social aspect of life in Russia, dramatically changed from the time that Lenin was in power, to when Stalin came to power and began implementing his policies. One of those policies, was the newly acquired rights of women. The idea of women entering the workforce and having the same rights to citizenship as men, sounds as if it would be a good idea, but it did not turn out to be all positive results. ...read more.

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It was the purges that swayed my thinking in the category, because I think that anyone who can murder just on the fact that someone might have spoken out against you politically, is not fit to rule a country. Socially, Stalin did not try make the life of the average man or woman in the USSR at the time, any easier, or more pleasurable, so it is my evaluation that he was not a fit leader. Overall, in all categories of his regime, he did not succeed in very many ways, and not enough for me to think of him as being a good leader. A good leader would have been able to achieve the things that he wanted, without having to kill or imprison anyone who made him feel threatened. Stalin was in a horrible state of depression, and the whole country of Russia was affected by his anxiety. He may have put the USSR up at the top of the industrial world at the time, but the ways that helped him get there, were not right. His promise of communism turned into more of a dictatorship than anything and his overbearing fears, made him a weak leader. The only policies that were good, that seemed to have no negative effect on the people of Russia, were free education and free medical care. So, my evaluation is that two out of many policies is not a good enough success rate for me to be able to honestly say that I think Stalin was a good leader. ...read more.

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