Stalin: Nep and the First Five Year Plan

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Before the nation of Russia became the international powerhouse that we knew as the USSR, it was first the small backwater country, whose economy ran on the use of serfs, Czar's ruled every aspect, and the chance of growth was limited; however, once the year 1917 came along, the entire aspect of what was to be the Russia nation changed into a very strange and new one, called the United of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Soviet Union was, at one point, second only to the United States of America and had the power to destroy the entire planet with the single acknowledgement of their leader, because of their nuclear capabilities and their political power. The Russian country became the great Communist powerhouse after a great revolution in 1922, when the provisional government was overturned and the Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, took power over the chaotic and backward country. Once the Communist's took power over the nation, they began to make sweeping changes that would, eventually, lead the people into a golden age, where Russia had true power and could sway other countries into joining them because of their great power; the hopes and dreams of a nation, that they would one day reach such great political and military might, were realized due to the surrender and defeat of Nazi Germany at the end of World War Two, because, before the war had started the Soviet Union hardly had any industrialization or protection for any for of mechanical or modernized fighting force; though, because of the actions and plans laid out by Stalin, the USSR was able to overcome and triumph over the technologically advanced nation. Along with the creation of the new state, new leaders and statesmen emerged from the great cauldron known as the Communist party, some of these included Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. Although there were many great leaders of the nation, this paper will consist of Stalin and what his impact on the Soviet Union was, as a result of the NEP and the...
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