After the USSR suffered such tremendous losses in World War 2 how did it become a world power after the war?
Complex Question! Despite the huge losses of life and material
the USSR suffered during the war, the Soviet Union occupied a huge
swath of Eastern Europe, and had a very large and effective
military under its command. The very strong central Communist
administration, although tyranical under Stalin, ensured that
political/economic collapse would not result. World powers arise
because of many factors such as their economic strength, ideology
and military power. Although the Soviet Union was weaker than the
West in an economic sense (excluding warmaking potential), it was
very strong ideologically and was very strong in a military sense.
The Soviet Union remade Eastern Europe, moving millions of people
and shifting borders, into its own defensive and economic bloc,
ensuring her status as a world power of the first order after the
war. No one can underestimate the resourcefullness and unflagging
will of the Russian/Soviet bloc peoples as well, who suffered and
rebuilt the Soviet Bloch and suffered great scarcity after the war.
They did the best they could to rebuild their homes and lives
without the kind of aid provided by the Marshall Plan.