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Communism and the Cold War
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Early Soviet Union under communism Lenin comes to power by means of a disciplined hierarchical party, soon including what would become the KGB. First four years, civil war with Czar supporters, aided by U.S. 1921 Introduced the New Economic Policy 1924 Lenin dies
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The General Secretary emerges Lenin’s testament By 1927 Stalin emerges as most powerful figure 1929 rejects NEP, begins forced industrialization in the countryside, collectivization millions starve 1930s, purges and show trials 100,000s executed, maybe 5 million died in gulag
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Trotsky and Kamenev disappear
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Great Patriotic War USSR was probably most responsible for Allied victory also suffered the most--over 20 million died
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(Relative) thaw 1953 Stalin dies 1956 Krushchev gives “secret speech” denouncing Stalin and the cult of personality reorients economy more towards consumer goods, housing
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COLD WAR
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Post war period expanded soviet sphere--in defiance of Yalta Accord --buffer or expansionism?
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iron curtain
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