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The following were equally important reasons why Stalin was able to hold on to power in the Soviet Union, The Purges and Show Trails, The Secret Police, Propaganda and the Cult of Personality, Stalins Economic Policies - How far do you agree with this sta

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Coursework Question 3 The following were equally important reasons why Stalin was able to hold on to power in the Soviet Union 1.The Purges and Show Trails 2.The Secret Police 3.Propaganda and the Cult of Personality 4.Stalins Economic Policies Explain how far you agree with this statement. Stalin was ruthless in order to stay in power, there are many reasons that helped him hold on to his position. Through the Purges Stalin was able to eliminate or clear out all opposition within the party. Anyone who threatened his position, or disagreed with some of his policies, was purged. They were purged in great Show Trails, in order for the Stalin to have a motive for punishing them. They would be forced to confess false crimes, such as plotting against Stalin. For example Zionviev and Kamenev were put on trail for plotting to kill Stalin and even Lenin. This was obviously untrue but they confessed to this and were executed. ...read more.


The NKVD were also the ones who would torture and threaten family members of the party opposition in order for them to confess in the Show Trials. This was important because otherwise many of Stalin's opposition would not be destroyed, as they would not confess in the Show Trails. Propaganda was a very effective tool in keeping hold of power. It would literally brainwash the Russian people into believing Stalin was a god and a hero. His image could be seen everywhere, towns and cities were named after him, like Stalingrad and Stalino. His role in the revolution was exaggerated, as was his relationship with Lenin. His enemies were portrayed as traitors to Russia. Even schools were affected, children were taught of the greatness of Stalin, in textbooks that were specifically created to support Stalin. The Propaganda helped Stalin because it gained him more loyalty and support and less opposition. The new generation of children would especially be loyal, as they were being taught of the greatness of Stalin right from the start. ...read more.


If you lived in Russia during his reign, it was either support Stalin or face death, and that proves that the Purges were extremely important in helping Stalin. Although it would be unfair to say that all the others were irrelevant, because they all helped each other. For example, propaganda may not have been so successful without Stalin's Economic Policies, because they were Stalin's greatest achievement and were one of the main focuses of propaganda. But more importantly the purges and show trails may not have been so successful without the secret police and the propaganda. The secret police undertook the job of interrogating and threatening those on trail for being purged, without them the Show Trails would not be in Stalin's favor. The propaganda helped the purges by encouraging Russian's to denounce traitors, it helped the show trails by portraying those on trail as evil traitors. So to conclude it is obvious that all reasons were important, but the Purges were vital in helping Stalin stay in power, because they eradicated opposition. Duncan Knipe ...read more.

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