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In a word document of roughly five pages in length, explain what Martin Malia means when he writes in The Soviet Tragedy that “hard communism” and “soft communism” alternated with one another in the period of Soviet history our course covered, namely that from 1917 to 1945. “Hard” and “soft” refer to the extent and the severity of repression. In a word document of roughly five pages in length, answer ONE of the following questions: Why were the Bolsheviks able to take power in Russia in October 1917? Why did the Bolsheviks win the Civil War against the Whites? What was the NEP, how well did it work, and why were the Bolsheviks afraid of it? Why was Stalin able to succeed Lenin as ruler of the Soviet Union? Why did Stalin order rapid industrialization by means of Five-Year Plans? Why did Stalin order the collectivization of Soviet agriculture in the early 1930s? What were the Show Trials and why did Stalin stage them? What caused the Terror Stalin practiced in the mid-1930s to become virtually indiscriminate? Why didn’t Stalin heed warnings of t(he Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941? How did the Soviet system under Stalin facilitate the victory over the Nazis in World War II? How did it hamper it?