This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

An Analysis Of Soviet Foreign Policy Under Stalin.

2370 words - 9 pages

Stalin scheduled his third Five-Year Plan from 1938-1941. During this time, the Soviet Union was preparing for war, believing this to be inevitable as the Nazi threat continued. More and more resources were poured into the military and war related industry. This five-year plan was cut somewhat short by the 1941 Nazi invasion of Soviet Russia. It was then that most of the nation's industry was moved from western Russia to the Urals to guard against future war damage. Stalin's fourth Five-Year Plan occurred from 1946 through 1950 and focused on the rebuilding of areas of the nation devastated by war.Stalin's dealings with eastern Poland were nothing short of brutal. In October of 1939, he had his secret police order the, so called, election of new local authorities in Poland, Polish Ukraine and Belorussia. Most of these individuals were criminals who were more than happy to grab control of respectable citizens. They were encouraged to take property away from the land owners and, in the name of land reform, make the peasants divide up the lands and loot among themselves.Many of the candidates in these trumped up elections were not even from the district that they would be representing. Local residents were driven by Soviet secret police to the polls out of fear and anyone who dared not vote suffered dire consequences. The ballots had only one candidate or group of candidates with the option to vote yes or no. To insure a positive outcome, the no votes were thrown out and replaced with phony yes ballots.After the election, the newly elected officials begged the Supreme Soviet to admit Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia into their fold. In November of 1939, their petition was granted. From that point on, the Soviet governments have insisted that these people, via democratically elected representation, wanted to be a part of the USSR.The annexation of these regions was not enough for Stalin. He did, what he did several times, decided to mix people up so as to keep them in a state of confusion and fear. In January of 1940, a series of mass deportations began. After three deportations and by June of 1941, roughly 1.25 million people had been moved from Soviet Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia to Soviet Central Asia, the Far East and Arctic regions. About 52 percent were Poles with the remaining 48 percent being Ukrainians, Belorussians and Jews. They totaled roughly 10 percent of the original population of their homelands and most were educated, once well-off and merchants. Most of the merchants were Jews. These enemies of the Soviet State were hauled out of their homes in the dark of night, taken to a rail station and crammed into cattle cars.The journey was long and they were given little food and water. Most who were old, sick or very young perished along the way. It is estimated that about 200,000 Poles died before Hitler attacked Russia in June of 1941. In fact, more Eastern Poles died at the hands of the Soviets than Western Poles who were...

Find Another Essay On An analysis of Soviet foreign policy under Stalin.

"Egyptian Alliance Under Nasser". An analysis of the Soviet influence on Cold War Egypt

1826 words - 7 pages Egyptian Allegiance Under NasserDuring Gamal Abdel Nasser's presidency in Egypt, which ran through the early 50's to the late 60's, the Cold War had both the Soviet Union and the United States gathering countries to form blocs with which they attempted to outdo each other's world influence. Egypt experienced Western rule as a British protectorate, and in 1919, a rebellion against the British was the first sign of Egyptian unrest with the

An analysis of United States foreign policy with Russia

3637 words - 15 pages their relationship. It is believed that this area is oil rich and has natural gases under the seabed. The five bordering nations, including Russia, are trying to explore and find these oil and gas reserves. United State's foreign policy includes helping two of the five bordering nations--Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to develop their industries. However, once their economy is stabilized, they would no longer remain under Russia's influence. The

Foreign policy analysis

1740 words - 7 pages to influence foreign policy making to secure their interests based upon the different types of societies. This essay will be divided into three parts. The first part will explore the definition of bureaucracy and explain the role of bureaucracies, followed by a look at bureaucratic politics theory as the significant narrative that makes an impact on foreign policy making. The second part will assess the argument that bureaucracies help more than

Covert Operations: An Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy

2197 words - 9 pages . Covert Action and The Containment of Communism: Defensive Policy Following Second World War Stalin began an aggressive expansionist campaign, and United States security policy was soon dominated with Soviet-related issues. Scholars and advisors surrounding the Truman administration maintained that the Soviet republic would either collapse or change if it was could be geographically contained and thus forced to deal with the limitations of its

Development of Foreign Policy

891 words - 4 pages regional policy had in its ideals an aim of creating an ‘Empire of Liberty’. The US had its first taste of having a foreign affairs office through the First Congress in 1789 upon the creation of the cabinet level Department of Foreign Affairs. This was soon thereafter renamed to Department of States whereas the title of secretary of foreign affairs saw itself renamed to Secretary of State. This saw the return of Thomas Jefferson from France so that he

Instruments of Foreign Policy

1183 words - 5 pages stop the soviet ships on its way to Cuba (135). Nevertheless, each instrument of foreign policy plays an important role in trying to successfully achieve the goals of the United States in international affairs. Whether it is by using the soft powers as a first attempt and then having to use hard power to force a resolution if all else fails the creation of a better and peaceful world is always the end goal. The instruments alone cannot be as

The tools of Foreign Policy

976 words - 4 pages Policy is being viewed as an explicit plan of action adapted to serve specific purposes. Policy as design is directed towards the accomplishment of objectives, thereby generating expectation that those objectives will be achieved. In the context of international relations, policy can also be known as foreign policy (FP) which is accomplished by policymakers through the decision making. FP refers to the external relations of states or simply

Foreign Policy: War of 1812

591 words - 3 pages unconventionality from Britain. Increased western migration when unemployment spread in the East as a consequence of the destruction of the US commerce. Manufacturing technologically advanced in different capacities of the United States subsequently Britain's wartime embargo prohibited imports. The War of 1812 was a catastrophe deliberately misremembered, and changed American foreign policy forever. Great Britain could stand with a the newly confident

An analysis of Soviet economic development from the years 1928 to 1967

1665 words - 7 pages , much of this output comes from private plots, which in 1964 accounted for 3% of the area under cultivation but produced more than 40% of the milk and meat output, 60% of the potato crop, and 73% of the egg production.The chief aim of Soviet policy makers, however, was to promote industrial, not agricultural, growth. Collectivization gave an initial impulse to industrialization by siphoning agricultural surplus income and manpower out of the

Decline Of America In Foreign Policy

1535 words - 6 pages 'as early as the dark days of World War I' (Hargis 55). An official in charge of policies under President Woodrow Wilson ushered in the Soviet regime, thinking he was promoting democracy. Instead he allowed an open door for the Communist ideal. At that point America began it's descent into a battle for global freedom and true democracy. Later in World War II thinking that the Soviets were the key to the defeat of Hitler, we supported their

The Effectiveness of Napoleon III's Foreign Policy

1526 words - 6 pages country. Furthermore, he burdened the economy of France with the cost of an expensive and unproductive war. To conclude, his foreign policy in Mexico Campaign was undoubtedly ineffective in achieving his aims. His foreign policy in Austro-Prussian War also proved ineffective. His aims were to maintain neutral until both Prussian and Austria were weakened and thus to take advantages through this situation. Although

Similar Essays

The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin

945 words - 4 pages The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin Maya Batista History Mr. Cook May 14, 2014 Maya Batista Mr. Cook Period 3 4/25/14 The Soviet Union Under Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin came to power in Russia shortly after Socialist leader, Vladimir Lenin died. After eliminating his political competition, Stalin finally became the chief in charge of the Soviet Union. Stalin then lead Russia into a downward spiral. Stalin was a brutal

Russian Foriegn Policy Under Lenin And Stalin

1082 words - 4 pages I. Overview, What were the aims of Soviet foreign policy under Lenin?- In the new Bolshevik government Trotsky was made Commissar of Foreign Affairs.- Taking Russia out of the First World War had been a major Bolshevik pledge and the Decree on Peace, which called for an immediate truce and a just peace, was issued in October 1917. It, however, brought no response from the major powers fighting the war.- Hence, a separate treaty was signed

How Successful Was Henry Viii's Foreign Policy Under Cardinal Wolsey?

1225 words - 5 pages policies, maybe the success of foreign policy would have been more accomplished, however there is no way to prove this and after all Henry was the king, what he said, goes. Overall it was Henry's sheer lust for Anne which led him to shrive for an annulment with Catherine, Henry placed this greed for the annulment higher than anything and in unsuccessfully pursuing this, sacrificed his relations with the pope and Europe. When considering the years 1525-40, under Wolsey (1525-9) Henry VIII's foreign policy was largely unsuccessful.

How Successful Was Henry Viii's Foreign Policy, Under Thomas Cromwell?

1868 words - 7 pages How successful was Henry VIII's foreign policy, under Thomas Cromwell?By December 1531 Thomas Cromwell had become a member of the inner ring of royal councillors; he was chief navigator of national affairs during England's withdrawal from roman allegiance in 1533 and 1534. At this stage of Henry VIII's reign sovereign independence was the paramount issue. Future success within foreign policy would depend on England's independence within Europe