Totalitarian russia

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Totalitarian russia

  1. 1. Totalitarian Russia Communism in Action
  2. 2. Introduction  Socialism and communism were the main ideologies of the Soviet Union, which was what the new government of Russia named itself after the Bolshevik Revolution.  The goal of communism: ◦ Empower the Proletariat (working man) ◦ Weaken the capitalist businessman (guy who builds businesses and makes money) ◦ Industry and businesses are controlled by the people (ends up being the government “for
  3. 3. Money and Drive  Wealth was to be evenly distributed to the people.  Competition would be eliminated and everyone would work together.  Instead of owning private property, collectivization (owning property as a group) became the goal of society.
  4. 4. Changing Society  Communism’s goal is to change society. To do this, democracy (voting) and capitalism (earning your own money) are done away with.  It did away with religious beliefs and persecuted believers.
  5. 5. Socialism is…..  The economics of communism.  The goal is to create an economic system where everyone shares in the wealth created by business and government owns the businesses for the people’s benefits. Socialism’s Goal
  6. 6. How Children See It! How Americans Push For It! Reality of It!
  7. 7. Joseph Stalin  When Lenin died, Joseph Stalin began working to take over the Soviet Union.  In 1928, he became the leader of the Soviet Union.  He began by exiling his rival Leon Trotsky (who mysteriously was murdered soon thereafter).
  8. 8. Pros and Cons  Pros  Made the Soviet Union an industrial power.  5 Year Plans – heavy industry increased mainly (military items and government stuff)  Cons  Created a secret police to monitor everyone  Censored the news  Heavily relied on propaganda  Consumer goods (regular people stuff) was not built as much.
  9. 9. The Great Purge  Even communists were not safe! He put to death thousands of communists he didn’t trust.  Slaughtered the Russian Orthodox Church leaders and killed many believers.
  10. 10. Agriculture  Everyone had to give up their farms. Remember no private ownership was allowed. The government then created huge farms and made people farm them.  People with nice farms who tried to keep their farms were killed.  The economy and educational level in the Soviet Union increased, but people lost their rights.

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