“A Nazi-defeating, Space-Racing, Industrial Powerhouse”: The case for ‘Socialism in One Country’

“Socialism in One Country” allowed the USSR in 40 years to develop from a feudal backwater, stricken with regular famine to one of the planet’s two superpowers. By focusing on internal development, the USSR was subsequently able to look outwards and reliably support revolutionary struggle the world over, and its example was taken up by many other states to great success.

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How the Soviets dominated the world of chess – The Queen’s Gambit

With the considerable amount of leisure time resulting from a universal eight-hour day (an anomaly for the era), a passion for mass activity, excellent facilities available at no cost, public transport and free access to services, in 6 of the 8 Summer Olympics they competed in, the Soviet Union was at the top of the medal count.

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