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Introduction: The Soviet Union: Episode 1 (02:51)


The Soviet Union formed in 1922. Vladimir Lenin became the leader of the world's largest nation. His successor, Joseph Stalin, became a ruthless leader. The Soviet Union emerged as a global superpower after World War II.

Control of Russia (04:38)

The Bolshevik government rose to power in 1917 and signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Factions fought for control of the country during a time of war, rebellion, and famine. Joseph Stalin became the secretary of the Central Committee.

Soviet Nationalities (04:29)

One of Stalin's tasks was to help inform the Bolshevik government on how to handle the various nationalities that comprised the Russian Empire. The government created the USSR in December 1922. Experts discuss Lenin and Stalin's perspectives; Lenin's health deteriorated.

Leadership Succession (03:24)

After Lenin's death in 1924, Stalin systematically removed his rivals and the personality cult of Lenin transferred to Stalin. Experts reflect on the competition between Stalin and Leon Trotsky.

Economy and Foreign Affairs (06:27)

Stalin instituted three successive five-year plans that focused on productive capacity. The Bolshevik government was divided on foreign policy, but Stalin wanted foreign recognition. Germany provided an opportunity for industrial development and Stalin embraced communism to make the Soviet Union a great power.

Great Famine (03:52)

Stalin's economic policy, which included collective farming, led to a wide-scale famine in the early 1930s; 10-15 million people died. The agricultural policy reduced the peasantry and cowed those remaining.

Yezhovshchina (06:52)

Stalin targeted people for liquidation, including government leaders and army officers. In some provinces, 4% of the population vanished. Experts discuss the show trials, gulags, and the end of the Great Terror. Stalin had absolute power by the end of the 1930s.

Global Affairs (06:16)

Stalin recognized Germany as a dominant power and Adolf Hitler as a dominant personality. Stalin offered Hitler a deal he believed would allow him to choose the moment of confrontation between their nations; they signed a non-aggression pact in 1939.

World War II (05:45)

After officials announced the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Nazi Germany invaded western Poland; the Soviet Union invaded the eastern half two weeks later. Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, shocking Stalin; he dismissed advanced warnings.

Credits: The Soviet Union: Episode 1 (00:37)

Credits: The Soviet Union: Episode 1

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The Soviet Union: Episode 1

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The leader. The iron fist. The Great Purge. With unopposed rule over his country. Huge human sacrifice defeating Hitler. Stalin's reward at Yalta, the regions he held & geopolitical power. Stalin died in 1953.

Length: 46 minutes

Item#: BVL283530

ISBN: 979-8-88678-582-1

Copyright date: ©2022

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