We need to spread Communism across the globe. World revolution!
We need to focus on Russia. Socialism in one country!
Stalin Takes Over
Stalin has forced me to leave Russia, I wonder where I will go now?
In response to War Communism, a group of Sailors rebelled against the Sovnarkom. They were ultimately defeated, but the rebellion showed Lenin that War Communism must be relaxed. In March 1921 Lenin introduced the NEP. This allowed peasants to keep their extra food and gave some smaller companies privatized control.
The Five Year Plans
These strict working polices are ridiculous. I have been making less money just because the girl next to me is faster!
After Lenin death, there was a power struggle for who would succeed him. Trotsky believed in the "world revolution", trying to spread Communism to countries in the West. Stalin though believed in "Socialism in one country", His belief in staying focused on Russia was popular among the Svonarkom.
Stalin become the leader of the Communist party, forcing Trotsky into exile in Mexico. Stalin became the general secretary of the Central Committee which ruled the rest of the Soviet party. Though the Central Committee soon became obsolete in the shadow of the Politburo which was full of Stalin supporters.
Russian heavy industries were extremely behind the west in their production. To reverse this problem Stalin implemented his two Five Year Plans. They involved rewarding workers who produced more than their given amount and punishing those who made less.
I really like them. I won a reward due to my exellent working output!
Stalin's five year plans included drastic changes to Russia agriculture industry. He introduced Kolkhozs (collective farms) where nobody owned the land. But the higher class landowning peasants known as the Kulaks were resistant to these changes. They burned their buildings and crops and killed their animals in order to prevent them from assimilated into the Kolkozs.
Stalin was a paranoid leader he believed that everyone was out to get him. He would execute his political opponents and would have "show trials" where they would confess to crimes that they had never done. Stalin also had the army "purged". He had almost all of the armies commanders killed.