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1 Questions for Stalin BIG PICTURE (Paper 2 style Qs) Unit specific Qs (Helpful in document analysis) For what reasons and by what methods was Stalin able to rise to power? How did the ideology of Trotsky & Lenin’s revolution differ from the reality of Stalin’s Russia ( )? How did Stalin view the USSR? Was Stalin revered by the Russian people? Did Stalin have total control over the Russian people? To what extent was Stalin a Marxist? To what extent was Stalin a Leninist?

2 Everyday Stalinism – week of 21st
Key Factors in Stalin’s SPS Totalitarian domination of the USSR Forced Collectivization Rapid Industrialization (5 Year Plans) Cult of Personality Use of Terror (Purges, Show Trials)

3 Soviet Communism or “Stalinism”, was more of a totalitarian and military state combined with elements of communism

4 Stalin’s 5 Year Plans First Plan, 1928–1933 Second Plan, 1933–1937 Third Plan, 1938–1941 Fourth and Fifth Plan, 1945–1955 Sixth Plan, 1956–1960 Seventh Plan, 1959–1965 Eighth Plan, 1966–1970 Ninth Plan, 1971–1975 Tenth Plan, 1976–1981 Eleventh Plan, 1981–1985 Twelfth Plan, 1986–1990 Thirteenth Plan, 1991 Five-Year Plans for the National Economy of the USSR: ( ) Begun by Stalin Rapid economic development nationwide Some took longer than 5 years, others failed, 13 in total Major focus on heavy industry 5 year plan in 5 minutes

5 Stalin’s 5 Year Plans 1928-1991 Rapid economic development
Some took longer than 5 years, others failed, 13 in total Major focus on heavy industry

6 Shock Worker Movement: 1929+
Udarniki Workers who fulfilled obligations over and above their planned quotas Non-economic incentives Competitions End of 1929 = 29% Industrial workers participated "false shock work" Portrait of [Shockworker] Nikita Izotov (1934)

7 Stakhonovites: 1936+ Aug 31, 1935 Aleksei Stakhanov
35 yr old miner Hewed 102 tons of coal during his six-hour shift 14x his quota Hailed by Pravda as a world record Stakhanovite movement superceded that of shock worker model for success "recordmania" Leonid Kotliarov: Portrait of Stakhanov (1938)

8 Comparative Growth: Industrial Production Average Annual Growth (%)
12.3% 5.5% 1.9% 4.7% 4.4% 2.5% U.S.S.R U.S.A. Britain Germany France 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% 14% Percent Growth 1928/40 1760/99 1870/ 1860/ 1869/99 1948/65 1801/41 1913 1930

9 over-fulfillment is honor!
Plan is law, fulfillment is duty, over-fulfillment is honor!

10 The Victory of the Five Year Plan is a Strike Against Capitalism

11 "Increased production of machine tools,"
a section from the Second Five Year Plan, 1934.

12 To live in a civilized way means to work with high productivity (1932)

13 The development of transport is one of the main tasks of the five-year plan. (1929)
Transport worker, having equipped yourself with technical knowledge, struggle for the reconstruction of transport. (1931)


15 ALEXANDER RODCHENKO (1891-1956) Russian photographer

16 Black and white photograph of a "propaganda" graveyard
Black and white photograph of a "propaganda" graveyard. The sign reads "Grave of the Lazy" and the tombstones show a last name and percentages indicating the dead prisoners failed to fulfill their work norms and died as a result. Gulag authorities tied the fulfillment of work norms to the possibility of survival in the camps and clear there was the possibility of death in the camps if they failed to do what was expected of them.

17 Let us have more day nurseries ! Successors are growing (1930)
Proposed increase in urban and rural USSR crèches (Nurseries/day care centers) for 1937

18 'Growth in capacity of city nurseries',
chart by the Izostat Institute, from The struggle for five years in four (1932) Join the pre-school movement Build a new life Organize kindergartens and playgrounds Educate a new Communist generation USSR, 1930

19 "Increased public spending on health and physical education,"
a section from the Second Five Year Plan, 1934.


21 Same years but different weathers”, red bar on the thermometer is “Soviet Industry rate”, black one is “American Industry rate”, there has began an economic crisis and dislocation in the USA

22 Our Nobles (1935) Greetings to the best shock workers--heroes of socialist labor. This poster was mass printed for the bulletin boards of factories, which would place the portraits of their own local shock workers in the empty spaces.



25 Source: Department of State, Report on War Aid Furnished by the United States to the U.S.S.R. (November 28, 1945), 26




29 Stalin Speech to Conference of Industrial Managers February 5, 1931 as reported in Pravda and cited in Service (2004) p. 272 To slacken the tempos would be to fall behind. And the backward get beaten. We don’t want to be beaten. The history of old Russia consisted, among other things, in her being ceaselessly beaten for her backwardness. She was beaten by the Mongol Khan. She was beaten by the Turkish beys. She was beaten by the Swedish feudal rulers. She was beaten by the Polish-Lithuanian. She was beaten by the Anglo-French capitalists. She was beaten by the Japanese barons. Beaten in military backwardness, for cultural backwardness, for state backwardness, for industrial backwardness for agricultural backwardness. It was profitable to beat her. We have fallen behind the advanced countries by 50 to 100 years. We must close that gap in ten years. Either we do this or be crushed. This is what are obligation before the workers and peasants of the USSR dictate to us From Nicholas Mikhailov and Nathalie Rothstein. Land of the Soviets: A Handbook of the USSR. (Moscow: 1939)

30 On the Five Year Plans From Robert Service. Stalin: A Biography (2004) p By 1935 steel output was double the amount for The Second Five Year Plan , like the first was recurrently altered as it was being implemented. Inevitable was an increase in the armaments budget after Hitler became German chancellor in Germany. The progress continued into 1936 and beyond. Gross industrial output in 1937, the final year of the second Five Year Plan, had increased by 3/5ths over Even agriculture had began to recover from the traumas of collectivization and output arose by about half in the same period The First Five-Year Plan and the Geography of Soviet Defence Industry David R. Stone, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 57, No. 7 (Nov., 2005), pp SOVIET AND WESTERN SCHOLARS ALIKE have generally hailed the successes of Soviet industrialisation in building up new industrial centres in the geographically secure heart of the Soviet Union during the pre-war five-year plans. Newly available archival sources, particularly on defence industry during the first five-year plan, suggest however a more nuanced picture of the geography of Soviet industrial development. Soviet policy makers understood and feared the danger of the Soviet Union's concentration of industrial plant so close to its western border, but their efforts to deal with this were undermined by an excessively optimistic understanding of how much of their territory was under threat. At the same time, bureaucratic inertia, powerful lobbies in existing industrial centres, and the added expense of industrial investment in remote regions all combined to maintain the existing pattern of Soviet industrial production: overwhelmingly concentrated in western regions, in traditional industrial centres

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