World War Ii and Prime Economic Goals

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1. What were Stalin’s goals and what steps did he take to achieve them?
Stalin’s goals during this time in history were to make industrial and agricultural growth the prime economic goals of the Soviet Union, to transform the Soviet Union from a backward rural nation to one of extreme industrial power, and basically slowly gain total control. To do this he commenced his Five Year Plan and established a totalitarian government that tried to exert complete control over citizens [individuals have no rights and the gov’t suppresses everything], created a sound communist state and wait for world revolution, and the state had ownership of property. 2. How did Germany and Italy’s involvement affect the outcome of the Spanish Civil War? Germany and Italy’s involvement affected the outcome of the Spanish Civil War by forging a close relationship between the German and Italian dictators, who signed an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis; Spain lost the war and Franco became Italy’s Fascist ruler. 3. Why was the blitzkrieg effective?

The blitzkrieg [lightning war] was effective because it made use of the advances in military technology such as the use of fast tanks and aircrafts; also used to take the enemy by surprise. Blitzkrieg tactics worked perfectly and by the end of the month, territory was taken from Poland and the nation ceased to exist. 4. What terms of surrender did Hitler demand of the French after the fall of France in 1940? What was General Charles de Gaulle’s reaction?

The terms of surrender, which Hitler demanded of the French after the fall of France in 1940, were that Germans would occupy the northern part of France, and a Nazi-controlled puppet government, headed by Marshal Philippe Petain, would be set up at Vichy, in Southern France. Charles de Gaulle’s reaction was one of terror; after France fell, de Gaulle fled to England where he set up a government-in-exile. 5. What groups did Nazis deem unfit to belong to the Aryan “master race”?...
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