Wellsy wrote:I suspect the last article shared is simply a description of Stalins catastrophic ‘Third Period’.
The zig zagging of the USSR so abrupt and extreme as to give one whiplash seem often explained by domestic problems of the USSR.
Indeed. When he first came to power, Stalin was to the left within the Bolshevik leadership, and adopted a particularly aggressive foreign policy, continuing Lenin's policy of hoping that revolutions in the West would rescue the Soviet Union from its calamitous position. It was only when the Third Period failed so disastrously that Stalin veered rightward and started proclaiming the need for "socialism in one country" and launched the Five Year Plans to industrialise the Soviet Union. These policies were far more successful, though at a terrible human and political cost. Stalin saved the Soviet Union from imminent destruction, but at a price.