Joseph Stalins rule was profoundly beneficial politically and economically for the Soviet Union until 1938 however had a significant negative social impact. In the late 1920s Stalin was appointed the general secretary of the Bolshevik party in 1922. In 1924 Stalin expanded the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. By the late 1920s, he had made himself effectively the dictator of the Soviet Union, ruling with autocracy. Stalin aimed to industrialise Russia so it could become a great world power. Whilst Stalins 5 year plans towards industrialisation was effective, the substantial impact of the purges and the failure of collectivisation, far exceed any economic and political benefits from Stalin.
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He created man made famines in areas of resistance, whilst deporting all of their goods. He shot people for stealing and sent millions to labor camps .They burned the villages. Collectivization was unsuccessful as it reduced the agricultural output, mostly due to the lack of cooperation with the peasants. Its believed that half of the collective farm produce rotted for lack of transport and adequate transport.The farms were under equipped with educated farm managers and capital to have efficient production. Motor Tractor Stations were established and had an insufficient amount of motor tractors per farm within its area. Instead of Stalin finding Russia working with a wooden plough and leaving her equipped with nuclear power he left the farms with ineffective, corrupt Motor Tractor Stations. (Acienciala.faculty.ku.edu, 2014)
The purges and show trials were effective at creating terror and was beneficial to the Soviet Union politically. To maintain control of Russia, Stalin removed anyone who was threatening to his grand plans, such as peasants and revolutionaries. Stalin used militarism and the OGPU to maintain his new found autocracy, that the revolutionaries had fought hard to overthrow. “Whoever was critical of any concept of Stalins was doomed to moral and physical annihilation”- Krushchev at the Twentieth Party Congress in 1956 (Baker, C. , 1990, pg 51). Stalin created labour camps, which were effective