Stalins Ego Essay

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Stalin ruled the Soviet Union with a heavy hand; he wanted Russia to become a great nation. To Stalin, Communism represented a higher stage of development (Stakhanovites). A cult of personality developed around his image; people immortalized him, thinking of him as a god-like figure. They really had no choice; they were absorbing his propaganda through many different outlets such as radio and film. Stalin was drilling the idea he was a great leader who knew what was best for the USSR and would do everything he could to make them grand. Stalin also cracked down on the arts, calling for Socialist Realism, an art that represented the people and was easily understood by the masses and pointed the way to a glorious future. He was xenophobic towards outside art, calling it bourgeois and not at all representative of the people (Zhdanov). This was all part of his method to shape the Soviet Union into ...view middle of the document...

Stalin would stop at nothing to succeed in his plan. He was going to be the leader that the USSR needed and he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted. He was terrified of the idea that people might oppose him so he alludes to the purges, stating the need to get rid of stubborn conservatives who may need a light tap on the jaw and a polite removal from the central apparatus of the Peoples Commissariat (Stakhanovite). Stalin believes other people in the movement can learn from the Stakhanovites and help push the Soviet Union into achieving the goals of the Five Year Plan.
Stalin had high hopes in wining the war and evoked a sense of Russian nationalism to achieve this. In the radio broadcast on July 3, 1941 he mentions that in the past Russia had successfully defeated many enemies once thought to be indestructible, such as the armies of Napoleon and Kaiser Wilhelm, and also will be successful in defeating the army of Hitler (Radio Broadcast, 1941). Stalin goes on to say the nonaggression pact was the right thing to do to help secure peace, but it was Germany who violated the agreement and attacked the peace-loving USSR. This way he did not have to take responsibility for the invasion by the German troops, but used them as a scapegoat to keep in favor with the populace so he would not tarnish his image. He claimed Hitler wanted to destroy the national culture, so Stalin called for all the ethnic Russians as well as other nationalities of the USSR to unite, as brothers and sisters to rise up and reject fascism. Stalin’s plan to win the war calls for guerilla tactics and sabotage groups used to combat enemy units. He called for the blowing up of bridges and roads, as well as a scorched earth policy. His plan was to make the conditions for the enemy unbearable and to annihilate them every step of the way. When the war had been won he says how the suffering of the people had not been in vain and that it was what was necessary to win the freedom and independence of the motherland (Victory Speech).

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