Stalin and Hitler Comparison Essay by BrainC

Stalin and Hitler
A comparative analysis of the influence of childhood on Josef Stalin and Adolph Hitler.
# 52884 | 1,977 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 26, 2004 in History (Leaders)

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This paper examines how history has recorded the actions Hitler and Stalin took once they were in office. Both men were ruthless and dealt with those who opposed them harshly. Stalin had many, many people executed because he believed they threatened him in some way, and Hitler was responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews and other people he deemed undesirable. It looks at how their childhoods contributed to the men they became and the actions these men took to accomplish their rise to power.

Hitler?s Early Life
Stalin?s Early Life
Early Life Comparisons
Hitler?s Rise to Power
Stalin's Rise to Power

From the Paper:

"The author Robert C. Tucker argues that as Stalin rose in power he developed a rich fantasy life in which he was the avenger for those wronged by those opposed to him. In this kind of convoluted thinking, the existence of people who opposed him only served to make himself feel more self-important (Tucker, p. 6). Fantasy began to become reality, however, when Lenin suffered a stroke in 1922, Stalin formed a triumverate, or troika, to rule the Party, and began arguing that modernization was the key to Russia's greatness and that unless the country moved as rapidly as possible to modernize, they were threatened by outside forces as well as forces within the country. Stalin led this modernization (Stalcup, p. 45). Meanwhile, as part of a three-man leadership team, he was able to take on the one real threat to his leadership. He had Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia and eventually assassinated."

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