Create a new industrial base to increase economy.
Political terror due to the purge, and Stalin's death on March 5th.
By 1950 the Russian industrial production had surpassed prewar levels by 40 percent.
This was targeted for military use.
Hydrogen bombs were tested, and the first satellite (Sputnik) was released into space in 1957.
He tried to place more emphasis on satisfying consumer goods. He tried to increase agricultural output. There was an increased military spending.
Nikita Khrushchev took over Stalin's power after his death. He was the new general secretary of the communist party.
The rash plan to place missiles in Cuba was his last straw. He got voted out of office. He was forced into retirement.
The end of ww2 the soviet military occupied all of east Europe.
The soviet contolled communist governments, the only eastern european state not controlled was czechoslovakia. it wasn't taken until 1948.
Tito was the leader of communist resistance in yougoslavia. This was not a soveit satellite state.
All soviet states were following 5 year plans and emphasized heavy industry, collectivized agriculture. More secret police and military forces.
Soviets didnt want the eastern states to become independent. Protests erupted. When Imre Nagy (hungarian ruler) declared Hungary a free nation in november 1956. Communist seemed like it was ending. He was executed 2 years later when the soviets attacked. The soviets invaded Czechslovkia in August 1968 and crushed reform. reestablished the old order.
Some states didn't want to follow the soviet union. For example Poland. The soviets exploited the polish and made living conditions harsh. Most eastern europeans hated Soviet system.