Ch 4: Pre-War Stalinism

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Pre-War Stalinism - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to study the political and social climate of the Soviet Union prior to World War II and under Joseph Stalin's rule. After summarizing the life of Stalin, you'll examine the policies, plans and actions of his reign. You'll also review information about life in the USSR during this time period. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you review the information, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive exam. If you need assistance, our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. For your convenience, we've made the chapter available 24/7 and accessible at any time that fits your schedule. Reviewing this chapter will help you:

  • Assess the life and career of Joseph Stalin
  • Recognize purges and policies under Stalin's leadership
  • Evaluate Stalin's collectivization and industrialization plans
  • Summarize Stalin's Reign of Terror
  • Describe life in the USSR under Stalin's rule
  • Recognize the characteristics of the socialist realism art form

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Pre-War Stalinism
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Joseph Stalin: Biography, Facts & Timeline

1. Joseph Stalin: Biography, Facts & Timeline

Joseph Stalin is a man who defines the phrase cult of personality. He killed millions of his own people, enslaved millions more in a prison system set up in the middle of nowhere while ruling with an iron fist.

The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

2. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.

Stalin's Five Year Plans: Collectivization & Industrialization

3. Stalin's Five Year Plans: Collectivization & Industrialization

In this lesson we will learn about Stalin's Five-Year Plans, which were meant to transform the Soviet Union into an industrialized nation. We will learn some of their successes, and the large human cost of the plans.

Joseph Stalin's Reign of Terror

4. Joseph Stalin's Reign of Terror

Stalin's reign was full of terror but especially so in the years 1936-1938 when many loyal members of the Communist Party were arrested and sent to labor camps or killed. In this lesson, you'll learn some details about Stalin's terror and some of the historical debates about the terror.

Life in the USSR Under Stalin: Nationalities & Culture

5. Life in the USSR Under Stalin: Nationalities & Culture

Joseph Stalin molded the polyethnic USSR in his own image. This lesson explores Stalin's relationship with the USSR's ethnic groups and his overall impact on Russian culture and society before WWII.

Socialist Realism: Definition, Music & Artists

6. Socialist Realism: Definition, Music & Artists

Is socialist realism a form of art or a tool for political manipulation? This lesson will look at the origins of this uniquely Soviet form, including some key artists and musicians who made art for the state.

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