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WWII Impact of Soviet Union

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WWII had a signficant impact on the Soviet Union's Economy and the economic health of its people.The Soviets lost more than 17,000 towns, 70,000 villages, and 32,000 factories due to the war. The lack of men, functioning machinery, livestock, and limited harvest led to food shortages both during and after the war.
After WWII, to fix their economy the Soviets came up with the five year plan which was a plan that took advantage of the men who had just come back from war as well as German prisoners. The Soviet Union forced them to rebuild the country and did not allow choice of jobs. The money spent on the military could have been better used after the war for rebuilding and supplying the people with food and water.
During and after WWII, agricultural output fell far short of the prewar levels, because the government was focusing on the industrial output to increase the Soviet economy but this did not really help individuals. Russia had to pay to rebuild everything that was destroyed in the war, so the economic effect on Russia was very large, but the five year plan worked and Russia became a super-power .
WWII Soviet Union
WWII: The Impact To and Of The Soviet Union:
The Soviet Union had a significant impact on the outcome of WWII. And, the war had a significant impact on the Soviet Union's economy, politics, environmental landscape, and the well-being of its people.
The Soviet Union was so focused on war that they spent 70% of their industrial output on the military during WW II. Because of all the money going towards the military many people were homeless or jobless and many went without food and even starved to death.
By: Tanner Hansen
Economic Impact
Economic Impact
Economic Impact
Economic Impact:
Social Impact:
The impact of WWII on Soviet (Russian) society was immense. The Soviet people’s lives were changed forever. Historians now estimate that about 26.6 million Soviet people died during WWII and over two-thirds of those were actually civilians. The number of people that lost loved ones in this war would be three times the number of deaths. Socially, the country was impacted with a loss of 14% of its prewar population.
Social Impact:
Both during and after WWII, Soviet people had to do different jobs to either work for the military or to make things to use in war and they did not have free choice to do what they wanted. People also had to be put on rations because there wasn't enough food for the population. People were very unhappy and had to do what the government said.
Political Impact
Pre-WWII and during the war, the political system in the Soviet Union was a communist system run by the dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin and the Soviet government signed an anti-aggression treaty with Germany before the war, but Germany broke that treaty and the Soviets changed alliances to fight the Germans and support the Allied Powers.
Environmental Impact
Extreme weather conditions in the country helped the Soviets beat the Germans in WWII. Germany was supposed to defeat the Soviets quickly before the harsh Russian winter set in. But when that failed, Germans suffered frostbite in epidemic numbers with lots of amputations in the sub-zero temperatures. Also, German heavy machines and guns were not made for such cold weather so they would not work.
Environmental Impact
The environment was one of the most damaged parts of the Soviet Union after WWII. Everything from bombs, to smoke and fire to even bullet holes destroyed the environmental landscape. The smoke from guns and bombs polluted the air while bullet holes and bullet casings covered the ground. Thousands of towns were totally destroyed with nothing left but ashes and burned ground. The animals living in these war regions were killed because of fire, smoke or some other harmful weapons used in war. It took years to recover.
Stalin was a harsh dictator who did not hesitate to kill anyone who disagreed with him and he even ordered his own soldiers to kill any troops who retreated or acted as if they would surrender. One interesting fact about the Soviet-era communists under Stalin is that they believed in equality of the sexes. Women were allowed to fight in combat positions and nearly 1 million women fought on the front line in the Eastern Front of WWII.
Political Impact:
After WWII the Soviet Union political culture created what was known as the 'Iron Curtain'. The Iron Curtain was a political, military, and ideological border created to block out the Western non-Communist areas and keep in the ones that were Communist.
Political Impact
Pre-WWII and during the war, the political system in the Soviet Union was a communist system run by the dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin and the Soviet government signed an anti-aggression treaty with Germany before the war, but Germany broke that treaty and the Soviets changed alliances to fight the Germans and support the Allied Powers.
Political Impact
How WWII Effected Russia Today: WWII shaped modern day Russia greatly. When all the soldiers got back from war the Soviet government took advantage of these jobless men and forced them to rebuild all of the factories and cities. They also forced them to make supplies for war so that if there was another war the Soviet Union would be powerful. This paid off and after the war rebuilding efforts, along with the USA, Russia became known as one of the world’s superpowers.
Conclusion:
The National Anthem of Russia
World War II began in 1939 and lasted until 1945. In those six years almost every country was involved in some way or aligned with a country that was. The war was fought between two groups of countries. The allied powers which included ,Soviet Union, Britten, France, and the USA . The axis powers included Germany, Italy and Japan. The Soviet Union was at one time allied with the Axis powers however they were attacked by Germany and aligned with the Allied Powers.
Countries aligned with the Axis Powers and Allies
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