In addition to the recovery of the Baltic states, western Ukraine, and western Belorussia, the eastern part of East Prussia was now annexed to the Soviet Union. An individual peasantry no longer existed. Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website. Women were to be given the same education as men and, at least legally speaking, obtained the same rights as men in the workplace. Much of this censorship was the work of Andrei Zhdanov, known as Stalin's "ideological hatchet man",[citation needed] until his death from a heart attack in 1948. This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 10:53. 1946: 22 January: The Soviet-backed Kurdish Republic of Mahabad declared its independence from Iran By the NKVD's own count, 681,692 people were shot during 1937–38 alone, and hundreds of thousands of political prisoners were transported to Gulag work camps. Beria was thereafter one of the key men in the Stalin regime. The goal was to provide an energetic hard-core of Bolshevik activists to influence their coworkers the factories and mines that were at the center of communist ideology. However, the breakdown of war losses by nationality is less well known. The Finns resisted fiercely, and received some support and considerable sympathy from the Allies. Stalin also mentioned his advancing age (two months away from 73) and suggested that it might be time to retire. Two major lines of interpretation have emerged among historians. The Red Scare was hysteria over the perceived threat posed by Communists in the U.S. during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, which intensified in the late 1940s … The United States was the last major polity to recognise the USSR in 1933. Hitler had always regarded the German-Soviet nonaggression pact as a tactical and temporary maneuver. With Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov attacking from Prussia, and Marshal Ivan Konev slicing Germany in half from the south, the fate of Nazi Germany was sealed. Literacy rates increased substantially as a result, especially in the Central Asian republics.[18][19]. In addition, in 1941, 1943 and 1944 several whole nationalities had been deported to Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia, including, among others, the Volga Germans, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars, Crimean Tatars, and Meskhetian Turks. The policy of liquidation of kulaks as a class—formulated by Stalin at the end of 1929—meant some executions, and even more deportation to special settlements and, sometimes, to forced labor camps.[10]. The Cold War was an ongoing political rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies that developed after World War II.This hostility between the two superpowers was first given its name by George Orwell in an article published in 1945. Ironclad uniformity of opinion was the norm during the Soviet era. His place as second figure in the party apparatus was taken by Zhdanov, and a group of “Leningraders” associated with Zhdanov were appointed to a variety of key posts: one, Nikolay Voznesensky, was named head of Gosplan (the State Planning Commission, responsible for the five-year plans) and another, Aleksey Kuznetsov, became secretary of the Central Committee in charge of (among other things) the secret police—a threat to Beria. However, Adolf Hitler's foreign policy centered on a massive seizure of Central European, Eastern European, and Russian lands for Germany's own ends, and when Hitler pulled out of the World Disarmament Conference in Geneva in 1933, the threat hit home. The Nazi seizure of Norway, the collapse of France, and a Britain driven from the continent, followed by German victories in Yugoslavia and Greece, plainly left the U.S.S.R. as a potential target of Nazi attack. The secret police were renamed the NKVD and control given to Nikolai Yezhov, known as the "Bloody Dwarf".[33]. In May 1935, the USSR concluded pacts of mutual assistance with France and Czechoslovakia. On March 12, 1940, Finlandsurrendered. In the 1930s however, all faiths were targeted: minority Christian denominations, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism. Over the next two years a cultural and general purge produced the final consolidation of the regime in what has been called High Stalinism. As to the nationality problem, one of the concomitants of the war was the rounding up, and exile from their native territories, of ethnic groups or nationalities. [73], The Great Patriotic War despite the immense sufferings and losses, came to be looked backed nostalgically as a time of excitement, adventure, danger, and national solidarity while life in the post-war era was seen as dull, stagnant, mundane and as a time when people put their own individual interests ahead of the greater good. In 1937, Pope Pius XI decried the attacks on religion in the Soviet Union. •German dictator Adolf Hitler invades Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and then France. The Second Five Year Plan raised steel production to 18 million tons and coal to 128 million tons. Reynolds, David, and Vladimir Pechatnov, eds. Wage setting by Soviet planners also contributed to the sharp decrease in unemployment, which dropped in real terms by 50% from 1928 to 1940. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. A virulent campaign made it clear that a new purge was in the offing. But much was transferred to the east, and the available or reorganized factories were soon supplying weaponry at an admirable rate. It was not until the 1980s that the Soviet livestock numbers would return to their 1928 level. Some territories that had been lost by Soviet Russia in the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (1918) were annexed by the Soviet Union after World War II: the Baltic states and eastern portions of interwar Poland. The party, state, administrative, and intellectual cadres had been largely destroyed and replaced by intellectually and morally inferior personnel. Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership. The Cold War was an ongoing political rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies that developed after World War II.This hostility between the two superpowers was first given its name by George Orwell in an article published in 1945. ", Matt Lenoe, "Did Stalin Kill Kirov and Does It Matter?. In your post you don’t mention whether Peter Stoncelis had troubles with US authorities, Soviet authorities or some other authorities (e.g. But there were also a number of new members, to whom Stalin looked as eventual replacements for senior figures. During these, the defendants typically confessed to sabotage, spying, counter-revolution, and conspiring with Germany and Japan to invade and partition the Soviet Union. Women were notably recruited as clerks for the expanding department stores, resulting in a "feminization" of department stores as the number of female sales staff rose from 45 percent of the total sales staff in 1935 to 62 percent of the total sales staff in 1938. In any case, Russian peasant culture formed a bulwark of traditionalism that stood in the way of the Soviet state's goals. [a] However, the Soviet Union recovered its production capabilities and overcame pre-war capabilities, becoming the country with the most powerful land army in history by the end of the war, and having the most powerful military production capabilities. [44], Nazi Germany promulgated an Anti-Comintern Pact with Imperialist Japan and Fascist Italy, along with various Central and Eastern European states (such as Hungary), ostensibly to suppress Communist activity but more realistically to forge an alliance against the USSR.[45]. Though these groups were later politically "rehabilitated", some were never given back their former autonomous regions. [72] Most of the juvenile criminals were orphans from the war living on the streets who turned to crime as the only way to survive. But on March 5 Stalin died after a stroke. However, when the Germans made their final effort in early December, they were repulsed. A number of industrial complexes such as Magnitogorsk and Kuznetsk, the Moscow and Gorky automobile plants, the Ural Mountains and Kramatorsk heavy machinery plants, and Kharkiv, Stalingrad and Chelyabinsk tractor plants had been built or were under construction.[1]. Besides the national newspapers "PRAVDA" and Izvestia, there were numerous regional publications as well as newspapers and magazines and all the important languages. [80] Borkenau argued that even small changes in the formalistic language of the Soviet state could sometimes indicate important changes: "Political issues must be interpreted in the light of formulas, political and otherwise, and their history; and such interpretation cannot be safely concluded until the whole history of the given formula has been established from its first enunciation on". By 1949, the Cold War had started between the Western Bloc and the Eastern (Soviet) Bloc, with the Warsaw Pact (created 1955) pitched against NATO (created 1949) in Europe. [35] By 1938, the mass purges were starting to disrupt the country's infrastructure, and Stalin began winding them down. Apart from a temporarily successful German counteroffensive in Hungary, the remainder of the war saw a series of Soviet advances that cut off the Germans in the Baltic area, and in the early spring of 1945 the Red Army drove into Czechoslovakia and Austria and, in late April, into Berlin and final victory. The total of people imprisoned or executed during the Yezhovschina numbered about two million. The pact was undermined, however, by strong ideological hostility to the Soviet Union and the Comintern's new front in France, Poland's refusal to permit the Red Army on its soil, France's defensive military strategy, and a continuing Soviet interest in patching up relations with Nazi Germany. In 1951 a purge began in Georgia, directed against Beria’s closest followers. On April 13, 1941, the USSR and Japan signed a neutrality pact. And some time in 1946 Beria’s close associate Vsevolod Merkulov was replaced as minister of state security by Viktor Abakumov. One argues that the purges reflected Stalin's ambitions, his paranoia, and his inner drive to increase his power and eliminate potential rivals. Ukrainians and Kazakhs suffered worse than most nations. The 1940s were a bloody decade, which saw World War II, the Holocaust, atomic bombs, and the beginning of the Cold War. [citation needed]. He suffered a stroke in the fall of 1945 and was ill for months. Finally, in 1940 it reached 8.3 million. From this point on the Soviet army launched a series of offensives. Based on these figures, the Soviet government declared that the Five Year Industrial Production Plan had been fulfilled by 93.7% in only four years, while parts devoted to the heavy-industry parts were fulfilled by 108%. Throughout the 1930s, industrialization was combined with a rapid expansion of technical and engineering education as well as increasing emphasis on munitions. 1924-1929: Joseph Stalin consolidates power; inaugurates first Five-Year Plan, collectivizes agriculture, industrializes; famine returns. Stalin did not feel up to delivering the main report and for most of the proceedings sat in silence while Nikita Khrushchev and Georgy Malenkov delivered the main speeches. Although in practice these goals were not reached, the efforts to achieve them and the statement of theoretical equality led to a general improvement in the socio-economic status of women. Historian Dimitry Pospielovski has estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 Orthodox clergy died by execution or in prison 1918–1929, plus an additional 45,000 in 1930–1939. Where previously The All- Russian Union of Writers (AUW) had attempted to publish apolitical writing, The Russian Association of Proletarian Writers (RAPP) insisted on the importance of politics in literary work, and published content which primarily embodied the hegemony of the working-class values in fiction. By November 1952 a number of prominent doctors, mainly but not only Jewish, were placed under arrest, and in January 1953 it was announced that they were plotters entrusted by Zionist and Western intelligence with killing the Soviet leaders. [34] The entire Politburo and most of the Central Committee were purged, along with foreign communists who were living in the Soviet Union, and numerous intellectuals, bureaucrats, and factory managers. Religion strengthened underground and was revived to help fight the Second World War. In the U.S.S.R. the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee set up during the war was dissolved, and its leader, the actor and theatrical producer Solomon Mikhoels, was murdered by the MGB (Ministry of State Security). Workers were encouraged to fulfill and overachieve quotas through propaganda, such as the Stakhanovite movement. Almost 99% of all cultivated land had been pulled into collective farms by the end of 1937. The rate of arrests was staggering. The USSR urgently needed munitions, food and fuel that was provided by the U.S. and also Britain, primarily through Lend Lease. These changes were made because it was thought that the people would respond better to a fight for their country than for a political ideology. Between 1926 and 1930, the urban population increased by 30 million. By 1944, the Germans had been pushed out of the Soviet Union onto the banks of the Vistula river, just east of Prussia. In October 1952, the first postwar party congress convened in Moscow. [54] In most detailed estimates roughly two-thirds of the estimated deaths were civilian losses. In the governmental sphere the membership and candidate membership of the Politburo, as elected after the 17th Party Congress in 1934 and recruited at a Central Committee plenum in 1935, had consisted entirely of veteran Stalinists. Stalin repeatedly requested that the United States and Britain open a second front on the European continent; but the Allied invasion did not occur until June 1944, more than two years later. [31] Nearly all the old pre-1918 Bolsheviks were purged. Arrests and executions continued into 1952, although nothing on the scale of the Yezhovschina ever happened again. [20], Stalinist development also contributed to advances in health care, which marked a massive improvement over the Imperial era. The USSR also refused to pay tsarist-era debts to foreign debtors. All work not fully assimilated to the official line was condemned as serving imperialism, at best as “servility toward the West.” In biology the pseudoscientific views of Trofim Lysenko were imposed, and genetics was condemned. This combination of Marxist ideology and chauvinism was designed to cut off the country’s thought from Western and democratic influence, or even from the idea of a peaceful world collaboration. The Allies pointed out that their intensive air bombardment was a major factor that Stalin ignored. Events in history in 1940. They no longer were buffers separating the USSR from German areas, argues Louis Fischer. : Alexander Nevski, as well as inviting prominent foreign individuals to tour the Soviet Union, were used as a method of gaining international influence and encouraging fellow travelers and pacifists to build popular fronts. It was this as much as anything that led Khrushchev to conclude that some of the decisions taken in this last phase of Stalin’s rule indicated that he was no longer acting consistently or rationally, even by Stalinist standards. It resulted in the defeat of the AUW, and they were replace… Civilians were rounded up and burned or shot in many cities conquered by the Nazis. The advent of the Cold War in the 1940s led to Stalin tightening his grip on his sphere of influence in eastern and southeastern Europe. Moscow's support of the government gave the Republicans a Communist taint in the eyes of anti-Bolsheviks in Britain and France, weakening the calls for Anglo-French intervention in the war. German troops reached the outskirts of Moscow in December 1941, but failed to capture it, due to staunch Soviet defence and counterattacks. On March 12, 1940, Finland surrendered. The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. [citation needed] After this incident the Soviet Union was never absent at the meetings of the Security Council. The Spanish government let the USSR have the government treasury. Pravda and Trud (the paper for manual workers) praised the draft constitution. [47], Germany invaded Poland on September 1; the USSR followed on September 17. Bukharin's success was short-lived; he was arrested in 1937, given a show trial and executed. Particularly notable were those of László Rajk in Hungary and Traicho Kostov in Bulgaria—though Kostov broke precedent by failing to confess and maintaining this position through the whole trial. OPERATION 'BARBAROSSA' On 18 December 1940 Hitler issued Führer Directive 21, an order for the invasion of the Soviet Union. In 1927, 7.9 million students attended 118,558 schools. The long-lasting tension between the two blocs became known as the Cold War. At the 19th Party Congress in October 1952 Stalin attacked Molotov and Mikoyan as deviationists and later let it be known that they were suspected of espionage for the United States and the United Kingdom, respectively. [5], While making a massive leap in industrial capacity, the First Five Year Plan was extremely harsh on industrial workers; quotas were difficult to fulfill, requiring that miners put in 16- to 18-hour workdays. Learn about the most influential figures and events in the 1940s. Soviet biology studies were heavily influenced by the now-discredited biologist Trofim Lysenko, who rejected the concept of Mendelian inheritance in favor of a form of Lamarckism. The initial trials in 1935–36 were carried out by the OGPU under Genrikh Yagoda. Democratic elections had been promised and coalitions formed between local communists and all or some of the local democrats. In 1934, the French government proposed an alliance and led 30 governments to invite the USSR to join the League of Nations. Lorna L. Waddington, "The Anti-Komintern and Nazi anti-Bolshevik propaganda in the 1930s". As a consequence of this occupation, tens of thousands of Polish military personnel fell into Soviet hands and were interned in prison camps inside the Soviet Union. Soviet units systematically liquidated anarchist supporters of the Spanish government. Yezhov was gradually relieved of power. Although Soviet historians in the late 20th century described an early attempt by Stalin to make a separate peace with Hitler, based on Soviet territorial concessions, his foreign policy through most of the war consisted of pressure on his allies for more equipment, for their opening a “Second Front” as soon as possible, and for their recognition of the U.S.S.R.’s borders established under the Nazi-Soviet pact. For Stalinists, the Popular Front was simply an expedient, but to rightists, it represented the desirable form of transition to socialism.[43]. This was effected by having Russian and other communist officials in … [81] The term "rootless cosmopolitan" in practice was used to attack intellectuals, Jews and frequently both..[81] Stalin's health also deteriorated precipitously after WWII. Molotov’s Jewish wife, Polina, was already under arrest as a Zionist plotter. Top. Announcement of Surrender Following the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the two atomic bombs dropped by the U.S., Emperor Hirohito announces Japan's unconditional surrender in his first radio message to the people. Car and truck production, for example, reached 200,000 in 1931. Churchill and other top Soviets visited Moscow, as did Roosevelt's top aide Harry Hopkins. [40][41], In 1928, Stalin pushed a leftist policy based on his belief in an imminent great crisis for capitalism. A variety of other estimates have been made. Soviet secret-police and the mass-mobilization Communist Party served as Stalin's major tools in molding Soviet society. The fall of the Zhdanovites was in part connected with events in eastern Europe, where Stalin had become dissatisfied with the local communists. The Red Scare was hysteria over the perceived threat posed by Communists in the U.S. during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, which … At this congress the name of the party was changed to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). [4], During the second five-year plan (1933–37), on the basis of the huge investment during the first plan, the industry expanded extremely rapidly and nearly reached the plan's targets. [69] After 1945, this loosening of social control was never completely undone as instead the state sought to co-opt the certain elements of the population, allowing certain rules to be contravened provided that the populace remained overall loyal. Approximately 26.6 million Soviets, among them 18 million civilians, were killed in the war. Foreign investors did not receive any monetary or material compensation. This was to be the source of further international confrontation. The German military plan called for an advance up to a hypothetical line running from the port of Archangel in northern Russia to the port of Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea – the so-called 'A-A line'. [68] Another example of the "big deal" was the publication starting in the late 1940s of a series of romance novels aimed at a female audience; a choice of subject matter that would had been unthinkable before the war. On April 13, 1941, the USSR and Japansigned a neutrality pact. The success of communism depended on their becoming literate. Meanwhile, the communist assumption of power in Prague in February 1948 (followed by the Soviet attempt to eject the Western Allies from Berlin by the blockade of 1948–49) led to the revulsion of the bulk of Western opinion and to the development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance, which was to block Soviet expansionism in Europe. The Soviet draft constitution of 1936 was an instance. The Komsomol also served as a mobile pool of labor and political activism, with the ability to relocate to areas of high-priority at short notice. 1978-1982: Soviets invade Afghanistan. Later, the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, 26 June 1940 "On the Transfer to the Eight-Hour Working Day, the Seven-day Work Week, and on the Prohibition of Unauthorized Departure by Laborers and Office Workers from Factories and Offices"[3] replaced the 1938 revisions with obligatory criminal penalties for quitting a job (2–4 months imprisonment), for being late 20 minutes (6 months of probation and pay confiscation of 25 per cent), etc. By early 1947 the whole area (except as yet Czechoslovakia) was under complete communist control, including the regime set up in East Germany by the Soviet authorities. Comintern agent Willi Münzenberg was especially effective in organizing intellectuals, antiwar and pacifist elements to join the anti-Nazi coalition. From 1950 in eastern Europe the emphasis of accusations against the leaders on trial changed from Titoism to Zionism. “Rootless cosmopolitans” with Jewish names, mostly critics and playwrights, were attacked in a new propaganda drive, and many were arrested. [70] One result of the "big deal" was a rise in materialism, corruption and nepotism that continued to color daily life in the Soviet Union for the rest of its existence. The internal political scene during 1940 and 1941 was thus marked by the emergence at the higher levels of a number of younger figures. Stalinist repression reached its peak during the Great Purge of 1937–38, which removed many skilled managers and experts and considerably slowed industrial production in 1937[9]. It was not a ploy – Stalin truly believed it. [25], Urban women under Stalin, paralleling the modernization of western countries, were also the first generation of women able to give birth in a hospital with access to prenatal care. "[63] For the laborers involved in industry, however, life was difficult. ", Boris N. Mironov, “The Development of Literacy in Russia and the USSR from the Tenth to the Twentieth Centuries.”, Seth Bernstein, "Class Dismissed? Soviet Union - Soviet Union - Into the war: 1940–45: The period between the Pact of 1939 and the German invasion saw internal consolidation. See what historic, important and momentous events in history happened in 1940 or search by date or keyword. In September the U.S.S.R. declared war on Bulgaria, hitherto neutral in the Soviet-German conflict, and a pro-Allied coup brought that country onto the Soviet side as well. They were kept in a sealed environment to … https://www.infoplease.com/history/world/1940-1949-world-history Goncharov, Sergei, John Lewis and Litai Xue, Harrison, Mark. The sharp mobilization of resources used in order to industrialize the heretofore agrarian society created a massive need for labor; unemployment virtually dropped to zero. Everyone talked about the film, they ran to see it whenever they had a chance, in the streets people whistled melodies from it, from half-open windows you hear people playing tunes from it on the piano". 1985-1991: General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev attempts to improve faltering economy with glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) Top. Aug 15, 1945. ", Paul Froese, Paul. In August a coup d’état by King Michael of Romania resulted in that country’s changing sides. Stalin became less active in the day-to-day running of the state and instead of party meetings, preferred to invite the Politburo members to all-night dinners where he would watch movies and force them to get drunk and embarrass themselves or say something incriminating. Goldwin, Robert A., Gerald Stourzh, Marvin Zetterbaum, eds. Through the postwar period the political mood in the U.S.S.R.—which is to say Stalin’s mood—became increasingly anti-Semitic. Helsinki, backed by world public opinion refused, so Stalin invaded. Malenkov, from the party apparatus, became a secretary of the Central Committee as well as joining the Politburo at the 18th Conference in February 1941, where he was put up to urge a more pragmatic and less “class-defined” approach to personnel problems. One major phenomenon was the development of the Soviet atomic bomb in 1949. However Izvestiia was controlled by Nikolai Bukharin and it published negative letters and reports. In May 1942 a Soviet offensive near Kharkov also failed, and the Germans launched their own summer offensive. Government bureaucrats, who had been given a rudimentary education on farming techniques, were dispatched to the countryside to "teach" peasants the new ways of socialist agriculture, relying largely on Marxist theoretical ideas that had little basis in reality. For the duration of the Cold War, the countries of Eastern Europe became Soviet satellite states — they were "independent" nations, which were one-party Communist States whose General Secretary had to be approved by the Kremlin, and so their governments usually kept their policy in line with the wishes of the Soviet Union, although nationalistic forces and pressures within the satellite states played a part in causing some deviation from strict Soviet rule. But Stalin could not avoid war with the Axis powers. The Church was now permitted to operate with a fair degree of freedom, so long as it did not get involved in politics. [77] Fürst wrote that many young people in the late 1940s-early 1950s displayed ambivalent attitudes, being on one hand convinced that their nation was the world's greatest and most progressive nation while at the same time displaying a certain nagging self-doubt and a belief that just might be something better out there. Starting in 1921 Lenin sought trade, loans and recognition. He sought to destroy his enemies while transforming Soviet society with economic planning, in particular a collectivization of agriculture and development of heavy industry. •Germany is split into the German Democratic Republic (East Germany under Soviet Communist rule and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). Being fired accordingly meant losing "the right to use ration and commodity cards" as well as the "loss of the right to use an apartment″ and even blacklisted for new employment which altogether meant a threat of starving. In the late 1980s, demographers in the State Statistics Committee (Goskomstat) took another look using demographic methods and came up with an estimate of 26–27 million. However, after Stalin's rise to power, the timetable for collectivization was shortened to just five years. The soldiers had learned initiative and had seen the—to them—incredible prosperity of not only Germany but even countries such as Bulgaria. Prominent Soviet Jews were made to sign a petition for the removal of their community to the Far East. On 22 June 1941, some three million soldiers of Germany and her allies began an attack on the Soviet Union. Following the pact with Hitler, Stalin in 1939-40 annexed half of Poland, the three Baltic States, and Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia in Romania. The mass terror and purges were little known to the outside world, and some western intellectuals and fellow travellers continued to believe that the Soviets had created a successful alternative to a capitalist world . Art and science were subjected to rigorous censorship. [27] Nearly all churches and monasteries were closed and tens of thousands of clergymen were imprisoned or executed. In January 1944 Leningrad was relieved. 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