In DecemberDzhugashvili became, briefly, a clerk in the Tiflis Observatory, the only paid employment that he is recorded as having taken outside politics; there is no record of his ever having done manual labour.
He also believed that an armistice on the Eastern Front would spark mutinies and strikes in the west, making it possible for the Bolsheviks to take power there. Until the conclusion of the Brest-Litovsk treaty the Allies made friendly overtures to the Bolsheviks, hoping with promises of military and economic assistance to prevent its ratification.
Except for those regions that enjoyed strong British or French backing—Finland, the Baltic area, and Poland—by the Red Army had occupied all the independent republics of the defunct Russian Empire.
Several smaller White armies came into being in the northwest, the north, and the Far East. Many early projects were tied to the Soviet military and kept secret, but by the s, space would become another dramatic arena for competition between dueling world superpowers. Formally, the new security police was to act less arbitrarily.
The Cold War power struggle—waged on political, economic and World history soviet union and stalin fronts between the Eastern and Western blocs—would persist in various forms until the fall of the Soviet Union in Then, in a wild gamble that France and Great Britain would not meet their treaty obligations to Poland, and knowing he had nothing to fear from the Soviet army, Hitler ordered his troops to strike east into Poland on September 1, Russia lost territories inhabited by more than one-quarter of its citizens and providing more than one-third of its grain harvest.
Against these formidable achievements must be set one major disadvantage. In the spring and summer of numerous incidents of resistance occurred, in consequence of which priests were arrested and numerous faithful killed.
As war leader, Stalin maintained close personal control over the Soviet battlefronts, military reserves, and war economy. Not only did his methods crush initiative among Soviet administrators, physically destroying many, but they also left a legacy of remembered fear so extreme as to render continuing post-Stalin restrictions tolerable to the population; the people would have more bitterly resented—might even, perhaps, have rejected—such rigours, had it not been for their vivid recollection of repressions immeasurably harsher.
By the terms of the Treaty of Versailles Germany had to renounce what it had gained at Brest-Litovsk. Germany, unlike Britain, was not a sea power and the Channel was a formidable obstacle.
But the element of total personal dictatorship did not survive Stalin in its most extreme form. Tenure for university professors was abolished, and the universities lost their traditional right of self-government. The intelligentsia was partly liberal, partly radical, but in either case unalterably opposed to the status quo.
In the cities bread rations were reduced to one or two ounces a day. There were considerable disagreements over the timing: He attended three policy-making conclaves of the Russian Social Democrats—in Tammerfors now TampereFinland;Stockholmand London —without making much impression.
Having dealt with the opposition Stalin was then supreme ruler. It also formed a new provisional government, chaired by Lenin, that was to administer until the Constituent Assembly convened. The October Manifesto in effect ended the autocratic system.
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Joseph Stalin: Joseph Stalin, secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (–53) and premier of the Soviet state (–53), who for a quarter of a century dictatorially ruled the Soviet Union and transformed it into a major world power.
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