'stalin stayed in power because of this use of terror.' How far do you agree with thi Watch

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(Original post by 11edoughty)
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It certainly played a large part, his use of terror made everyone in the party step into line and no one would try to contradict what Stalin said. With no opponents, Stalin was the sole ruler of the state with nobody having any power to stop him. However Stalin also used propaganda to keep himself in power - in Soviet Russia his face was everywhere: in magazines, banners, billboards, television and his voice on the radio. The positive messages around them made many believe that Stalin was right and shouldn't be defied. Additionally Stalin also set up a cult of personality around both himself and Lenin - the much loved Bolshevik leader who took power in the 1917 October Revolution. He promoted the idea that he was Lenin's chosen successor although this wasn't actually the case. However many people believed it and so Stalin became an all-knowing, all-powerful leader who could do nothing wrong. All of these factors kept Stalin in power and prevented opposition to his rule.
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I agree.

I'd also discuss how he extended his rule throughout Eastern Europe. Perhaps mention such things as Rakosi's salami tactics.

You could conclude saying that not only did terror allow Stalin to stay in power, but it also allowed him to extend power.

Remember to use the wording of the question in your answer.

Good luck
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It certainly played a large part, his use of terror made everyone in the party step into line and no one would try to contradict what Stalin said. With no opponents, Stalin was the sole ruler of the state with nobody having any power to stop him. However Stalin also used propaganda to keep himself in power - in Soviet Russia his face was everywhere: in magazines, banners, billboards, television and his voice on the radio. The positive messages around them made many believe that Stalin was right and shouldn't be defied. Additionally Stalin also set up a cult of personality around both himself and Lenin - the much loved Bolshevik leader who took power in the 1917 October Revolution. He promoted the idea that he was Lenin's chosen successor although this wasn't actually the case. However many people believed it and so Stalin became an all-knowing, all-powerful leader who could do nothing wrong. All of these factors kept Stalin in power and prevented opposition to his rule.
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t certainly played a large part, his use of terror made everyone in the party step into line and no one would try to contradict what Stalin said. With no opponents, Stalin was the sole ruler of the state with nobody having any power to stop him. However Stalin also used propaganda to keep himself in power - in Soviet Russia his face was everywhere: in magazines, banners, billboards, television and his voice on the radio. The positive messages around them made many believe that Stalin was right and shouldn't be defied. Additionally Stalin also set up a cult of personality around both himself and Lenin - the much loved Bolshevik leader who took power in the 1917 October Revolution. He promoted the idea that he was Lenin's chosen successor although this wasn't actually the case. However many people believed it and so Stalin became an all-knowing, all-powerful leader who could do nothing wrong. All of these factors kept Stalin in power and prevented opposition to his rule.
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t certainly played a large part, his use of terror made everyone in the party step into line and no one would try to contradict what Stalin said. With no opponents, Stalin was the sole ruler of the state with nobody having any power to stop him. However Stalin also used propaganda to keep himself in power - in Soviet Russia his face was everywhere: in magazines, banners, billboards, television and his voice on the radio. The positive messages around them made many believe that Stalin was right and shouldn't be defied. Additionally Stalin also set up a cult of personality around both himself and Lenin - the much loved Bolshevik leader who took power in the 1917 October Revolution. He promoted the idea that he was Lenin's chosen successor although this wasn't actually the case. However many people believed it and so Stalin became an all-knowing, all-powerful leader who could do nothing wrong. All of these factors kept Stalin in power and prevented opposition to his rule.
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I have a similar essay, titled something like 'The most important reason Stalin was able to stay in power was his ability to convince people that he was carrying on Lenin's legacy. Discuss', or something like that. It has all the points that you'll need for your question. I'll fish it out in a sec. For staying in power, you'll be looking at the years 1629-40, AFTER he's already won the power struggle within the party. You'll wanna consider the purges, totalitarianism, and the cult of personality.
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