From the text: A history of Russia sixth edition written by Nicholas V.Riasanovsky
assignment: Why did the Stalinist period leave such a lasting impression on Russia and the Russian people?There are so many varied interpretations of Stalin that he is a very difficult person to come to historical conclusions about him and his actions. Did he really subvert the principles of the October Revolution or did he just bring Marxist principles to Russia in a way that Lenin had failed to bring about? Which of Stalin's "accomplishments" do you find most memorable? If you had to explain this period in Russian history and its monumental cost in human life how would you go about doing so? If you were a Russian how could you live with the historical truth of the Stalinist era and what they represent?
Identification: Choose any five of the following and in a comprehensive paragraph or two, explain who, what, when, where, and WHY the following are of historical importance.
(1)The Great Purges (2) the collectivization of agriculture (3) the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (4) the Battle
(5) The Yalta Conference (6) The Warsaw Pact (7) Yuri Gargarin (8) the Cuban Missile Crisis (9) The Brezhnev Doctrine (10) The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan (11)Mikhail Ghorbachev (12) Boris Yeltsin.
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