Respond to the following statement about Stalinization and WWII.
"Stalinization, if tragic, represented a successful policy of modernization that allowed the Soviet Union to resist German invasion in 1941."
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I would have to agree with this statement. Stalinization was undeniably tragic for the Soviet Union. At the same time, however, the ability of the Soviets to withstand the German invasion of 1941 was due largely to the changes made under Stalin.
When Stalin came to power, the Soviet Union was economically and technologically backward. Under Stalin, modernization drove forward at a relentless and even brutal pace. Stalin did not care if people died in the process; all he cared about was becoming more industrialized and modernized.
By the time the Germans attacked, the Soviets had managed to industrialize to a great extent. They had enough industry to turn out a great deal of war materiel, including a tank superior to the Germans' tanks. This would not have been possible (and the Soviets would not have been able to resist the invasion as well as they did) had it not been for Stalin's brutal pushing of modernization.
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