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Compare and contrast Hitler's and Stalin's roads to power.

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International Baccalaureate History

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Compare and contrast Hitler's and Stalin's roads to power.

First and foremost, the inter-war years 1919-1939 were a period of dictators in Europe.

Many historians consider tyrants - Hitler and Stalin - and their ideologies to be quite similar. These two despots were the most famous and probably the most bloody dictators in this period. No wonder these two are compared to one another. In addition, the scheme of taking power by any autocrat seems to be very simple: dissatisfaction from contemporary rules or death of the leader and skilful takeover by a person with some horrific vision of the future. But historic events are never as simple as that. Now, arises the interesting question if Hitler's and Stalin's roads to power were similar or different or maybe both options are true to same extent. Nevertheless, Hitler tried twice to gain power in a period 1923-1934 while Stalin only once in years 1924-1929.

Firstly, similarities in consolidating oppressor's position will be discussed. To begin with, the

use of propaganda is comparable. Adolf used it in order to win different elections and create his

image as a remedy for Germans' problems. Meanwhile Stalin created

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