August 18, 2011
Stalin Caused the Soviet Collapse
Rutland & Pomper, Moscow Times
Stalin fully accepted Vladimir Lenin’s argument that imperialism was “the highest stage of capitalism.” This meant that as long as capitalism existed, it would try to expand through imperialist wars and territorial conquest. To protect the Soviet Union from such an attack, Stalin decided to maintain his giant armies in peacetime and to invest in securing a huge swathe of real estate in Eastern Europe as a buffer zone against future assaults.
TAGGED: Joseph Stalin, Russia, Soviet Union