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Stalin and Mao. Compare and contrast the domestic policies of two rulers of single party states, each chosen from a different region.

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  • Essay length: 788 words
  • Submitted: 22/12/2012
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International Baccalaureate History

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Lilian Nguyen

Block 4

IB World History

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Compare and contrast the domestic policies of two rulers of single party states, each chosen from a different region.

The beginning of the 20th century provided the rise of powerful leaders of single party states. Leaders such as Stalin and Mao ruled over Russia and China and effectively made their rule known not only to other countries, but its own people as well. Although both Stalin and Mao utilized self-promoting propaganda, Mao endorsed a policy of social reform whereas Stalin did not.

Both Stalin and Mao utilized self-promoting propaganda to generate populist enthusiasm in both Russia and China. To begin, both Stalin and Mao had a cult of personality. For example, according to Pavel Litvinov, the Russian people believed he was an absolutely perfect individual and he always had Russiaâs people in his mind and according to Michael Lynch, Mao . This shows that both leaders were seen as godlike figures that were going to fix all the problems in the state. In addition, both leaders encouraged glorification of themselves. The Chinese people all owned little red books that included Maoâs

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