- Mar 2012
- Yötebory Sveriya
I don't think it would be the case. I think they'd be much worse off.Without Communism, is Russia likely to experience a suburban boom in the late 20th and 21st centuries like the US experienced? I'm asking about Russia specifically because, like the US, it has an enormous amount of space and is what one might refer to as a pioneer country and a pioneer society.
Anyway, any thoughts on this?
Russia had lost the great war. They were ruined as a nation, impoverished. If the Soviet Socialist revolution never occurred then we wouldn't have seen the economic reforms and stiff industrialization that turned them into becoming the world's second largest superpower. It is true that Stalin and the Bolsheviks basically enslaved the populace, but that situation wouldn't have been different had the Czardom survived, or if any other kind of republic replaced the Czardom afterward. What is more likely? Russian democracy or Slavic fascism?
During the second world war, a weaker Russia would have meant greater slaughter at the hands of Fascist Germans. Perhaps the result of the Eastern front would have been different.
Russia suffered tremendously as is due to the second world war. This would be an even worse disaster.
Aside from lower population and a lack of infrastructure, the Cold War technological boom wouldn't have occurred.
The Totalitarian organization was brutal and oppressive, but it was an effective phase of fast modernization, similar to what the "greatest" Czars of the past had done - but with even greater authority. We know what happened in Europe in the years after the first world war, we also know that without Russia ramping up so quickly that they would have suffered a far greater loss in WW2 - as much as 3/4ths of their population; and similar situations would be true for other Slavic nations as it was in the planning books by the fascist Germans who wished to expand across those lands.
Assuming the whole thing is still in one piece, today's Russia would resemble a giant Khazakstan.