Josef Stalin: The Man and the Ideology
This paper focuses on the leadership and political career of Joseph Stalin as well as the general era of Stalinism, a period of Russian history that is characterized by authoritarian rule through constant vigilance and fear.
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The writer of this paper explores the political and military accomplishments of Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin. This paper describes Stalin as an object of admiration, yet also as an oppressor who ruled with an iron fist, utterly successful in spreading and infusing his ideology. Stalin infiltrated every level of a society that could do nothing to protest, nothing to free itself from the tightening, unyielding control that was present in every aspect of Soviet life. This paper delves into the implementation of Stalin's five-year plan for economic development in which the Russian leader adopted the policy views of his former ousted rival Trotsky. His rewriting of historical events marked Stalin as the faithful disciple of Lenin, bringing the ideals of socialism into being with the success of the October Revolution. The writer ponders Stalin's astute political career while describing the leader's ability to inflict torture on his enemies while at the same time filling the minds and hearts of the Soviet people resulting in his inevitable rise to power.
From the Paper:"Soviet citizens had various reasons to buy into Stalin's ideology and support his rise to power. One reason was self-interest, as those who opposed him, along with their friends and associates, were likely to be awakened in the dead of night by a knock on the door, which meant arrest, imprisonment, and many times, execution. From the time of the murder of Sergei Kirov, first secretary of the party in Leningrad, in 1934, to the culmination of the Great Purges, with the show trial of the late 1930's in Moscow, Stalin promoted an attitude of vigilance and suspicion of one's own neighbors. This led to the denunciation of thousands of citizens, many of whom were loyal supporters of Stalin and the party. It was the unleashing of this paranoia, spreading uncontrollably throughout Soviet society, which fed the purges - the cold fear felt by the citizens who turned in their friends and family, and by NKVD officials, who would act on any and every accusation to avoid being accused of lack of vigilance themselves."
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