How the Soviet People Were Better off in 1941 Rather Than in 1928
The Soviet Union suffered a huge amount of Russian lives through
1928-1941. However this great cost was to be outweighed to how
superior the Russian state was from 1941 and onwards, having a huge
amount of stable resources and in addition having enough food to feed
its people and to export grain. I firmly believe that Russia as a
country came out of 1941 as a superpower and it was much better off
than in 1928; however this had caused millions of Russian lives.
In the Soviet Union many people were in a better position than they
had been in 1928. However entire classes had been made extinct and
many individuals were worse off under the new communist regime than
they had been in the late 19th century, early twentieth.
In the 1920's the Soviet Union had just come out of a bloody civil war
so therefore the NEP (National Economic Policy) had been instated. The
peasants had their own bits of land and could sell the excess grain
that was left from what the government required. This way of life had
created a new class of rich pheasants called the Kulaks who had large
pieces of land and had poor pheasants working for them. The way the
countries agriculture was running the peasants were not producing
enough food so therefore there was a case of famine in the towns. The
new NEP system was seen by extreme Marxists as a capitalist idea and
not a communist thought, causing much distress within the extreme left
groups. However the amount of food being produced was higher than it
had been during the civil war.
The Soviet Union's industry in 1928 had been higher than it was during
the civil war. However, the state's industry was still backwards and
it was lower than it had been in the Tsar years, so therefore this was
not good for the Communists as conditions were better in the Tsar
years then they were in 1928.
Also the political state of Russia was not good as the Communists had
created a one party state, while in the early part of the century the
Tsarist regime had a puppet democracy.
Also the Cheka police had been put into practice, therefore causing
fear within the people. They were used to eliminate the other party's
Stalin became overall leader of the Soviet Union in 1928. His main
aims were to improve Russia as a whole, the economy, industry and
agriculture were to be improved to the stands of the Western countries
within ten years. Stalin wanted to modernise so quickly because the
security of Russia was in danger, he was extremely paranoid as to if
and when the Soviet Union was to be invaded.
Although the agriculture was efficient, Stalin did not want the
peasants in control of whether they give the grain to the government
or even grow the grain so therefore he introduced the idea of