The Rise of Totalitarianism: the U.S.S.R. and Germany Focus Questions: Compare political and economic developments in the U.S.S.R. and Germany in the period between the world wars: What were the most significant programs of Stalin and Hitler? What were the most important similarities and differences between their regimes? The Russian Revolution (1917) The Russian Civil War (1918-1921) and ?War Communism? Joseph Stalin (b. 1878, d. 1953) The Five Year Plan and Collectivization (?Kulaks?: prosperous peasant farmers) The Great Purge and the Gulag System Roman lictor carrying the fasces Benito Mussolini and Italian Fascism German discontent under the Weimar Republic (1920s) Nazi Racial Theory and Propaganda The Nuremberg Laws (1935) and Kristallnacht (1938) German economic recovery: Infrastructure and military expansion Totalitarianism: Stalin and Hitler compared
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