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This paper explains why Stalin's historical legacy is overwhelmingly negative. Although his policies transformed the USSR from an agricultural society into an industrialized nation with a powerful military arsenal, the transformation was accomplished at the cost of millions of lives. This paper discusses how Stalin's militant distrust of the West and his assertion of Soviet dominance in Eastern Europe gave rise to the Cold War. His purges of society through violent police-led terror left a permanent scar on the collective memory of the people. And, ultimately, his system proved, in the long term, to be inflexible and unable to progress beyond a certain stage.
From the Paper:"The Depression favored political extremes around the world. In Germany the far right (Hitler) and in the USSR the far left (Stalin). Before Stalin's gradual accession to power, the Soviet Union had experienced a time of relative freedom and experimentation in the social and cultural life (Smitha, 1998). The government tolerated a variety of trends in these fields, provided they were not overtly hostile to the regime. In art and literature, numerous schools, some traditional and others radically experimental, proliferated."
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