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  1. Unit 1: The World in Crisis

    1. Impact of World War I in Europe
    14 Topics
  2. 2. Stalin's Soviet Union
    12 Topics
  3. 3. Hitler's Germany
    27 Topics
  4. 4. Outbreak WWII in Europe
    13 Topics
  5. 5. Germany's Defeat in World War II
    21 Topics
  6. 6. Outbreak War in Asia Pacific
    6 Topics
  7. 7. Japan's Defeat
    10 Topics
  8. Unit 2: Bi-Polarity and the Cold War
    8. Reasons for the Cold War in Europe
    21 Topics
  9. 9. The Korean War
    19 Topics
  10. 10. Cuban Missile Crisis
    25 Topics
  11. 11. The End of Cold War
    19 Topics
Chapter 2, Topic 12
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Stalin’s Dictatorship (Conclusion)

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By 1939, Stalin’s dictatorship had enabled Soviet Union to become a powerful arms industrial base in the world.

However, the targets that he set were often not met. Collectivisation severely damaged Soviet agriculture, and even rapid industrialisation brought many other problems. These included overproduction, inferior quality goods and a lack of consumer goods. Hence, while the Soviet Union seemed to be generally progressing to be a modernised state, the numerous problems highlighted above show that in reality, Stalin’s ambitions for the
Soviet Union to be on par militarily and economically with the other Western powers were not fully really. While Stalin’s rule did not devastate the Soviet Union as he had transformed it to become an industrial socialist state, it came at severe economic and social costs because of the famine and millions of lives lost.

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