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1 The Soviet Union as a Superpower Chapter 30 (3 of 4)

2 Soviet Union a World Power After WW2 Built up military and heavy industry

3 Soviet Union a World Power After WW2 1) What technology did the U.S.S.R. acquire in 1949?

4 Soviet Union a World Power After WW2

5 Soviet Control Eastern Europe

6 East Europe Easy Targets for Takeover Relied on selling grain to western Europe, so hurt in 1930s by Depression Aristocrats owned all the land and supported authoritarian rulers who protected their property

7 Soviets Drive Out Nazis Make Eastern Europe Communist

8 2. What eastern European nation was communist, but acted independently of the Soviet Union? Yugoslavia

9 What do these 2 men have in common? They are both named Tito

10 Josef Tito President of Yugoslavia during Cold War Kept Yugoslavia independent of Soviet Union

11 East Europe Under Soviet Control Soviets help communists in those countries repress rivals (including Roman Catholic Church) Collectivization in agriculture 5 Year Plans to build industry

12 3. What alliance was formed amongst Soviet satellite nations Warsaw Pact (1955)

13 Joseph Stalin Dies (1953)

14 4. I was premier of the Soviet Union from 1955 – Who am I? Nikita Khrushchev

15 De-Stalinization

16 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin Stalin too hard-line (ex: Purges) Despite this, Soviet maintained strict control over eastern Europe

17 Soviet Tension in East Europe

18 Berlin Wall (1961) Built to stop people from fleeing to West Germany

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22 Escapes over (and under) the Wall 171 people were killed or died attempting to escape Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1989 Most famous tunnel was dug in a graveyard where Germans would come to mourn the dead and then “disappear” as they dropped into the hole that was dug. More than 50 people escaped that tunnel until a woman left her baby carriage behind, leading to the tunnel’s discovery and closure There were many more tunnels to the other side of the wall, but most of them either caved in or were discovered Altogether, there were 71 tunnel projects and 20% of those were successful in escaping the Berlin wall.

23 Escape From Communist East Berlin

24 5. What year was the Berlin Wall torn down? 1989

25 Poland (June, 1956) Polish began protesting Soviet-led communist rule Army put down rebellion, but Soviets agreed to some changes Ended collectivization Catholic Church tolerated This sparked Hungary to begin uprising

26 Hungary (1956) Hungarians against Soviet control Soviets allow Imre Nagy to be Prime Minister When Nagy said Hungary withdrawing from Warsaw Pact, Soviet troops called in 30,000 Hungarians killed brutally, and uprising put down

27 Hungarian Revolution 1956 Causes The basic cause of the Hungarian revolution was that the Hungarians hated Russian communism: Poverty Hungarians were poor, yet much of the food and industrial goods they produced was sent to Russia. Russian Control The Hungarians were very patriotic, and they hated Russian control – which included censorship, the vicious secret police (called the AVH after 1948) and Russian control of what the schools taught. Catholic Church The Hungarians were religious, but the Communist Party had banned religion, and put the leader of the Catholic Church in prison. Help from the West Hungarians thought that the United Nations or the new US president, Eisenhower, would help them.

28 Hungarian Revolution 195 On 23 October, there were riots of students, workers and soldiers. They smashed up the statue of Stalin, and attacked the AVH and Russian soldiers.

29 Hungarian Revolution 1956 Later that evening, the Revolution started at the HUNGARIAN RADIO STATION where the students tried to broadcast their demands.

30 On 24 October, Imre Nagy took over as Prime Minister. He asked Khrushchev to take out the Russian troops.

31 On 28 October, Khrushchev agreed, and the Russian army pulled out of Budapest.

32 29 October – 3 November: The new Hungarian government introduced democracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion

33 On 4 November, at dawn, 1000 Russian tanks rolled into Budapest. By 8.10 am they had destroyed the Hungarian army and captured Hungarian Radio – its last words broadcast were ‘Help! Help! Help”!’ Hungarian people – even children – fought them with machine guns.

34 Hungarian Revolution 1956 Young people took up arms to fight, getting guns and ammunition from the Hungarian police stations and army depots.

35 Hungarian Revolution 1956 The Freedom Fighters even made Molotov cocktails to throw at the tanks.

36 Hungarian Revolution 1956 Although the Freedom Fighters fought valiently for another week, they were no match for the Soviets, and within a few days, the Hungarian Revolution was over.

37 It is estimated that about 3,000 Hungarians were killed during the uprising. About 12,000 were arrested and imprisoned. Of these, between 400 and 450 were executed. An estimated 200,000 people managed to escape to the West. Hungarian Revolution Video (9:00)

38 Czechoslovakia: Prague Spring (1968) Czech leader Alexander Dubcek begins series of democratic reforms Soviets send in troops and order Dubcek to Moscow Dubcek sent back and repeals his reforms

39 Changes in Eastern Europe The arrival of communism in eastern Europe ended the long-held power of the aristocracy Culturally, Russia began to have more influence over eastern Europe than the West Russia had to have its troops ready to stop discontent in eastern Europe, taking away from potential Soviet power elsewhere

40 Postwar Soviet Domestic Policy

41 Under Stalin Soviets Had Strict Limits Strict limits placed on travel and the media, Soviet people and culture isolated from world Communist bureaucracy grew under Stalin To keep job and advance, had to be loyal to communist ideology and to Stalin Led to bland, boring officials

42 Communist Leaders Controlled Culture Art and literature censored to ensure they were pro-Soviet Education used to train Soviet bureaucrats and create a loyal citizenry

43 Soviets Greatly Reduced Influence of Church 6) What was the majority church in Russia? Orthodox Christianity So, what did Soviets do to limit church: Church couldn’t teach religion to anyone under 18 Schools taught religion was superstition

44 Soviet leaders stirred up anti-Semitism and limited the freedom of Jews 7) In the past, Russia had launched government sponsored attacks on Jews. What were these called Pogroms

45 Soviets opposed Western culture Mocked Western artistic styles as too decadent (morally poor) New forms of Western culture barred from Russia (older forms, such as classical music, remained) Socialist Realism = Popular Soviet art style; glorifying heroic workers, soldiers, and peasants

46 Economy and Society

47 Under Stalin, Soviet Union Industrialized 8)What were Stalin’s industrialization programs called? 5-Year Plans Soviet industrialization different than West In Soviet Union government controlled industries Despite industrialization, Soviet economy lacked consumer products (ex: cars, light bulbs, etc.) These items hard to get, had to wait on long lines

48 Similarities Between Soviet Society and Western Society Leisure activities - sports, movies, television, and vacations to the beach Different social classes emerged (workers v. educated middle class) Lower birth rates, focus on nuclear families (not extended families), less infant deaths, better diets and medical care, and parents focused on education for their children (though children in Soviet Union more strictly disciplined, both at school and at home) Minority groups the ones with the highest birth rates (in Soviet Union, that group was the Muslims in the southern Soviet republics) Difference: Western women homemakers while Soviet women needed to work in factories, and women played large role in some professions, including medicine


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