The Rise of the Soviet Union

The Rise of the Soviet Union - Early 1920s: Bolsheviks run...

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Early 1920s: Bolsheviks run by Lenin, against internal and external resistance, gain political control “Dictatorship of the proletariat” : Dictatorship by the industrial working class that has seized political power It wasn’t possible to have a democracy, dictatorship necessary Dictatorship was meant to only be temporary Officially banned the ownership of private property Social and economic distinction between owner/worker, workers no longer dependent on owners Promoted a large industrial class Long range goal No need for government at all “withering away of the state through communism” Decisions can be made in a much more democratic way States were usually used to back up the rich people against everyone else, but now everyone rich, don’t need the state 1920’s: Problems confronting communists Dire need to rebuild communism Other countries very hostile to the new communist regime (did not want to overthrow capitalism all over the world) Contact with allies to support communist revolution elsewhere
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