The Impact and Significance of the Great Patriotic War

20th Century Russian History

By Dr Jonathan Davis. Produced by Simon Brown, published 12th August 2015

Hardship, Resilience and Solidarity

In this podcast, Dr Jonathan Davis of Anglia Ruskin University looks at the Great Patriotic War and the effects it had on the USSR. Dr Davis discusses how Russian involvement in World War II changed the lives of Soviet citizens, legitimised Stalin’s rule, and set the stage for the USSR’s rise as a Superpower. This podcast will help students identify how the Second War War and its outcome developed into the Cold War Period. 

1. The Impact and Significance of the Great Patriotic War: Introduction
2. The condition of the USSR in 1941. Operation Barbarossa.
3. The impact of war on the Soviet people.
4. Domestic consequences of the war: the legitimizing of Stalin's regime.
5. The USSR's emergence as a superpower, the occupation of Eastern Europe and a renewed sense of Russian solidarity.
6. Conclusion.

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