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4.1 - Introduction

What was the situation when Lenin died? The USSR had just been created; Lenin's NEP had started the economic recovery of the country, but industry and agriculture were still producing less than before the First World War.
In the later 1920s (after Lenin's death), what did Stalin do? Consolidated his position and eliminated other contenders for the leadership, especially the main threat, Trotsky.
By 1928, what was Stalin able to do? Start on a ruthless programme of rapid modernisation of the USSR.
By when was Stalin able to start on a ruthless programme of rapid modernisation of the USSR? 1928
What did Stalin make happen in the USSR after he came to power? Censorship was tightened across all forms of expression; communist propaganda controlled the minds of the population. Anyone suspected of disloyalty - or even of being a possible rival to Stalin-was killed. The ordinary people of the country lived in fear
What had happened to the USSR by the end of the 1930s? It was transformed.
By when had Stalin transformed the USSR? By the end of the 1930s.
What did the transformation of the USSR by the end of the 1930s allow? The USSR to defend itself against Hitler's attack in 1941.
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