How successful was Joseph Stalin in establishing Soviet Union as a superpower?


  • Jakub Majkowski University of Wrocław



Soviet Union, Communism, Stalin, World War, superpower


This essay will firstly address the extent of Stalin’s achievements in leading the course for domestic policy of the Soviet Union and its contribution towards maintaining the country’s supremacy in the world, for example the rapid post-war recovery of industry and agriculture, and secondly, the foreign policy including ambiguous relations with Communist governments of countries forming the Eastern Bloc, upkeeping frail alliances and growing antagonism towards western powers, especially the United States of America.


The actions and influence of Stalin’s closest associates in the Communist Party and the effect of Soviet propaganda on the society are also reviewed. This investigation will cover the period from 1945 to 1953.

Additionally, other factors such as the impact of post-war worldwide economic situation and attitude of the society of Soviet Union will be discussed.    


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Author Biography

Jakub Majkowski, University of Wrocław


scientific interests: history and law


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How to Cite

Majkowski, J. (2017). How successful was Joseph Stalin in establishing Soviet Union as a superpower?. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 8(1), 23–31.