This paper examines the characteristics that Joseph Stalin possessed and the circumstances surrounding his rise to power that engendered near-fanatic loyalty in his followers.
# 89238 | 900 words | 6 sources | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in History (Leaders) , History (Russian) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)
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Joseph Stalin was a ruthless leader, capable of engendering near-fanatic loyalty in his followers. Nikita Khrushchev, who followed Stalin to power, characterized Stalin's leadership as creating a cult of personality. What was it that gave Stalin such power? Was it his ability to speak convincingly on the benefits of Marxism? The fortunate accident of his rise to power coinciding with the rise of industrialization? Or did Stalin simply create a cult, replacing the religion that he nearly destroyed? This research demonstrates that Stalin's success most likely stemmed from a combination of all three things.
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