Do the ends justify the means? This popular question could be applied to a large number of situations, both important and inconsequential. One of the more important situations would be the evaluation of the leadership of Joseph Stalin. Like the answer to this famous question, Joseph Stalin’s rule, or as some might say, tyranny, was highly controversial. Most people would have immediately said that he was an unjust ruler, because he used very unconventional means to bring about his vision for the Soviet Union. Other might have countered by pointing out the industrial and economical advancements he brought to the USSR. Thus begs the question, do the ends justify the means? But to answer this question, one must have first discovered what it was really asking.
1) How did Joseph Stalin control Russia? As the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin utilized totalitarianism, characterized as total centralized control over every aspect of public and private life. He achieved this form of government by means of control of the media, religious and ethnic persecution and police terror. To eliminate all information that held him in a negative light, and instead glorify his lead and support of his policies, Stalin controlled the media through censorship of the press, propaganda and indoctrination.
Who is Joseph Stalin? Is Joseph Stalin important? What did Joseph Stalin do? Joseph Stalin was the ruler of the Soviet Union and helped defeat Nazism. Joseph was born on December 18, 1879 in Gori.On December 18, 1879, in the Russian peasant village of Gori, Georgia, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, later known as Joseph Stalin, was born. The son of Besarion Jughashvili, a cobbler, and Ketevan Geladze, a washerwoman, Joseph was a frail child. At age 7, he contracted smallpox, leaving his face scarred. A few years later he was injured in a carriage accident which left arm slightly deformed, some accounts state his arm trouble was a result of blood poisoning from the injury.
Genocide is defined as the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. By definition, Joseph Stalin accomplished this goal. Stalin led a period of extreme persecution and oppression in the 1930s. This period of time became known as the Great Purge. The purge “officially” lasted between 1936 and 1938. By examining the casualties, motive, and consequences, it is clear that he committed this act under fear of opposition.
Stalin was “named among the greatest Russians ever to have lived in a nationwide TV poll” (Elder). Many in today’s Russia don’t see his faults and are blind to what he has done. Although he is known for defeating the Nazis and bringing power back to Russia, what most Russians’ today seem to ignore, is the tyranny he put his own people through. “He ruled by terror, and millions of his own citizens died
Stalin has been blamed for many atrocities. Next to Hitler, he’s seen as the megalomaniac dictator of World War Two. Stalin’s purges were a brutal solution to Stalin’s problem yet it was a solution. Without the purges, It’s doubtful Russia would have been able to stand in their later years during World War Two and beyond. How were the purges so successful?
Embedded in Russia’s fecund history was The Bolshevik revolution which unraveled between 1917 and 1928. The revolution bore a plethora of social and political changes, which lead to the emergence of the Soviet Union. An individual of immense Significance during this period of social and governmental turbulence was Leon Trotsky whose ideologies and leadership were pivotal factors in the successful fortification of communism in Soviet Russia during 1917 to 1928. I will be keenly and succinctly assessing the contribution of Leon Trotsky to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and arrive at a measured conclusion whether his contributions were significant or extraneous. Leon Trotsky was a man of vast erudition and possessed keen leadership and organizational skills which greatly aided the accession of the Soviet Union.
IDENTIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF SOURCES The focus of this investigation will be “What were the causes of Stalin’s purges during 1936-1940?” and this book will analyze based on historians did he really consolidate his power over Russia during late 1930’s . For the purposes of investigation it will solely focus on late 1930’s to answer the question in more depth .Thus, The Great Terror: A Reassessment by Conquest Robert is source of great value and strength for this investigation because book focus completely on time frame of 1935- 1940 and also begins book with description of purges and goes in more depth of why according to the author Stalin started purges in Russia and lastly by the end of the book author
In Dear Comrade Editor, different voices, opinions towards Stalin and his ideologies are presented. Some people, of course, response to Khrushchev’s speech: “You want to weep with despair when you hear people demand that all this be consigned to oblivion, people who try to justify Stalin’s crimes and sing his praises whenever they can.” (Riordan&Bridger 31) “Even before I never understood and I condemned those young people who had parted ways with their parents when the latter were arrested, so why am I now being called upon to betray my commander and to spit on him?” (33) Instead of supporting Stalin, this WWII veteran is confused by the shift in ideologies. He represented many average Soviet people, the confusion and hopelessness.
Stalin’s power stems from his autocratic power and strict policies. And from these policies, Stalin damaged the Soviet Union forever. Communism has forever damaged Russia, as millions of innocents died under its rule, with millions repressed, and its political environment in shambles. Most prominent, the policies placed under the Soviet Union led to the deaths of millions of innocents. Most deaths were caused by either artificial famines, or executions.
This is an example of how he removed freedom of speech. The men were not allowed to speak or act poorly towards Stalin. He also ran a totalitarianism government. Totalitarianism is a strict form of government with no means of privacy. People had to be careful of what they said and did because they never knew if they were being watched.
In 1992 he tried to use shock therapy, the rapid privatization of state enterprises, to improve the economy. The policy created ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ which increased the influence of the Russian Communist Party as the ‘losers’ were attracted to the Communist Party’s promises of land and equality. However, this was only a temporary increase due to Putin’s popularity in the 2000s. During World War II, Stalin disappeared for ten days but then decided to stay in Moscow, even though it seemed as though the Germans would take control of the city. This increased the influence of the Communist Party due to Stalin’s presence and leadership raising the morale of the Soviet soldiers so they were more willing to fight for the Communist Party, suggesting the social influence of the Party had increased.