Political - USSR 1917-1985

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When was the Bolshevik Revolution?
October 1917
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How did the Bolsheviks consolidate power over the Party?
attacks on political rivals, Cheka, and Politburo
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How did the Bolsheviks consolidate power over the state?
censorship, centralisation, GPU
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How did the Bolsheviks win the revolution?
Lenin, downfall of the Tsar, February Revolution 1917
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How did the Bolsheviks win the Civil War?
failings of the Whites, geography, Trotsky's leadership
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How did the Civil War start?
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, political opposition, breakdown of Russian empire
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Why did Stalin win the power struggle?
powerbase, luck, rivals' mistakes
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What were the causes of the Purges?
opposition, economic problems, Kirov's murder
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What were the 3 show trials?
Trial of 16, Trial of 17, Trial of 21
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When did these show trials take place?
1936, 1937, 1938
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What were the consequences of Stalin's terror?
social, economic, political
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Why was Stalin unprepared for war?
relationship with Hitler, military preparation, economic problems
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Why was Stalin responsible for the Great Purges?
leader of USSR, social instability, and Yezhovschina
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What was the government like under Khrushchev?
de-Stalinisation, democratisation
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What was the government like under Brezhnev?
gerontocracy, stability of cadres
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What was the government like under Andropov?
replacement of officials, anti-corruption campaign
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What was the government like under Chernenko?
no major reform, ill health
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