The history of Russian has survived a long journey with differentiated leadership and control. At the conclusion of the civil war fight between the Bolsheviks, or Reds, and anti-Bolsheviks, or Whites of 1918, was a Soviet Union constitution based on dictatorship. After Vladimir Lenin dies of a stroke in 1924, historic Russian leader Joseph Stalin replaces him. Joseph Stalin has an enormous impact on the Soviet Union and implemented many stipulation policies for economic rise. Stalin’s had high ambitions to expand Russian economy to compete with western civilization. Stalin’s attitude corresponds with that of Russian hockey legend, Anatoli Tarasov. Both leaders in their respective division, envisioned high achievements for the Soviet Union. While Stalin sought to drastically industrialize Russia, Anatoli Tarasov changed the way Soviet Union hockey was played. The two leaders shared many of the same qualities that attributed to their respect.
Joseph Stalin spent years following the revolution sifting through the lower ranks of the Bolshevik party. In 1922, the year the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) was formed, Stalin was granted the general secretary position for the Communist party, a job that had little significance. This position allowed him to build a base to gain support, which eventual helped his rise to power. Things started to turn around for Stalin after Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924. Stalin and his unique style outmaneuvered all of his rivals by promoting himself as Lenin’s successor. Joseph Stalin finally gained complete control over the Soviet Union by 1928, a historical day that changed the world.
Anatoli Tarasov’s rise to power was similar to that of Stalin. After a successful playing career in the Russian sport Bandy (similar to field hockey but on ice), Tarasov took up coaching. The first Soviet hockey league was formed in 1946 and Anatoli Tarasov was asked to build a national hockey program. From a couple of old ice hockey rulebooks he generated a unique style of play that would serve the Soviet Union hockey world for years to come. In 1953 the USSR joined the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). After many successful seasons coaching the Red Army, in 1958 Tarasov was named the Soviet national team head coach, a position held until 1972.
Once at the throne of power, both Tarasov and Stalin radically developed plans to become super powers in their professions. They were both considered dictators, everything was to be done the way that they thought would suit the Soviets best. Stalin was the man who took a backward country and turned it into a world superpower, although his power was one of the murderous in history. By 1928, when Stalin gained complete control of the Soviet Union, he replaced the 1920’s New Economic Policy with a centralized command economy where he incorporated five year plans. He planned to rapidly increase industrialization by forcing collectivized agriculture; however, this method came at the cost of millions of people’s lives. The Five-Year Plans was to coordinate investments and production in the country. Driven by his own sense of inferiority, Stalin built a mobilized and industrialized economy that competed with the Capitalist powers of the west. His success came by his own visions, which were constantly questioned. Stalin’s ambitions were to boost the Soviets economic status, and he stopped at nothing to achieve that goal.
Anatoli Tarasov’s goal was to take Soviet’s to a level that would compete with the superpowers of the hockey world. At a time where Canada dominated world competition, Soviet hockey was on the rise. Like Stalin, his success was not measured by who personally liked or disliked him. Tarasov’s goals were win gold medals at the Olympics, the World Championships, and the National Championships. From a standpoint, people were shocked by his coaching methods. Tarasov was a dictator; everything was to be done the way he...
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