How Did Ten Years of Stalin's Rule Change Society in the Ussr?

How did ten years of Stalin’s rule change society in the USSR? Answer with reference to the period 1928-1938.

Josef Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union from 1928 through to 1953 is one of the most controversial periods in Russian history. Stalin’s rule had enormous effect on society in Russia. Before Stalin came to power Russia was a backward country in turmoil just a Few years after world war one, the 1917 Bolshevik revolutions and the civil war. Russia was an agriculture country with little economic and urban development. Stalin replaced Lenin as leader of the Bolshevik party in 1927 after a struggle for power with Leon Trotsky. Trotsky believed the only way forward for the soviet union and socialism was permanent revolution in contrast Stalin argued the first task for the socialist party was to build up Russia to compete with the industrial western power’s and for the survival of socialism. Stalin became successor to Lenin and immediately begun transforming the Russian economy with major impact on Russian society. During the ten year period between 1928 and 1938 Russia was transformed from a backward agricultural country to a major industrial power with severe impact on society. Stalin introduced five year plans in 1928 for the economic growth of Russia and strict collectivization of agriculture to feed the growing urban centres. Stalin’s policies had severe implications on Russian society with famine, disease, terror and purges rampant throughout the period between 1928 and 1938. To develop this argument further it is important to look at the Soviet Union before Stalin’s takeover and the contrasts between Stalin and Lenin before investigating Stalin’s rule and his impact on the Russian society.

Stalin or Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili [1] was a professional revolutionary who came to Lenin’s attention well before the Bolshevik revolution’s of 1917 Lenin described Stalin as the ‘Wonderful Georgian’ [2]. Stalin was very persuasive, arrogant, deceptive,...