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Stalin's Emergence as Leader of Russia

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Introduction

It took four years for Stalin to emerge as undisputed leader of the Russian Empire and in 1928, at the very beginning of his reign; he was faced with many challenges. For one, living up to the God like image of his predecessor would be a difficult task. Lenin was such a powerful figure that it was impossible for the Russian people not to make comparisons between the two. ...read more.

Middle

Rapid industrialisation was forced through with slave labour and the idolisation of Stalin. Workers were made to work terrible hours and in horrific conditions, yet through various forms of propaganda they were filled with a desire to see Russia emerge as the nation leading all others in terms of industrialisation. Another task Stalin was faced with was the collectivisation of the countryside. ...read more.

Conclusion

These were still very poor people but were seen as middle class as they were richer than most. In a Communist state everyone is equal and so there were no place for the Kulaks. They would be rounded up, striped of their possessions and either killed or taken to a camp where they would most likely die quite soon because of starvation. Even though around 10 million Kulaks died and probable millions of other Russians who worked in the factories Stalins plans were working, and as he said himself, "death solves all problems." ...read more.

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