Avoiding the usual concentration on stalin's personality, the author puts forward the controversial hypothesis that the great purges occurred not as the end product of a careful stalin plan, but rather as the bloody but ad hoc result of moscow's incremental attempts to centralise political power. Picture via wikipedia introduction the great purge, also known as the great terror, marks a period of extreme persecution and oppression in the soviet union during the late 1930s. The degeneration of the soviet secret police from guardians to executioners one unintended result of mikhail gorbachev’s glasnost has been a rash of books by and about people who had been on the inside during the stalin/khrushchev/ brezhnev years. Stalin, as head of the politburo, consolidated near-absolute power in the 1930s with a great purge of the party, justified as an attempt to expel 'opportunists' and 'counter-revolutionary infiltrators. Joseph stalin, one of the most influential leaders in history, had a very interesting 'cult of personality' surrounding him the communist ideology that we know today as 'stalinism' was the result of the cult, which in turn, was closely associated with constant propaganda of the leader by the soviet media.
No the red army was a creation of the communist party, was directly subordinated to the political leadership, was lead at the highest level by a political hack and good buddy of stalin's (voroshilov) and finally, was deeply and completely penetrated by the nkvd. Out of six members of the original politburo during the 1917 october revolution who lived until the great purge, stalin himself was the only one who remained in the soviet union, alive four of the other five were executed. Introduction joseph stalin’s tenure as the soviet union’s head of state is remembered largely for his domestic policies like the first five year plan, but also his paranoia fueled purges of the soviet people and the communist party. Stalin was responsible to a large extent responsible for the purges in russia during the 1930s the purges in russia in the 1930s began as purges made by stalin in order to remove political opponents such as the left and the right wing in order to secure his power.
Joseph stalin was born on december 18, 1878 in gori, russia after lenin's death in 1924, he placed himself as his political heir, beating out all the opposition from 1922 until his death in 1953, he held the post of general secretary of the communist party of the soviet union's central committee. The great purge in the ussr already in the 1930s became known as yezhovshchina the majority of those executed during stalin's rule (about 800 thousand) fall on 1937 so, it was stalin, not khrushchev who started to uncover and criticize the extensive repressions in the ussr for vyacheslav molotov's fall from grace with joseph stalin 23. During the ensuing great terror, which included the notorious show trials of stalin's former bolshevik opponents in 1936–1938 and reached its peak in 1937 and 1938, millions of innocent soviet citizens were sent off to labor camps or killed in prison.
During the second half of the 1920s, joseph stalin set the stage for gaining absolute power by employing police repression against opposition elements within the communist party. Best answer: the purges were designed to remove from the party those people, and their followers, who stalin thought were disloyal (to him) or who had rival power bases - like trotsky there were several goals of the purges: the first phase was aimed at wreckers and foreign saboteurs these foreigners. Purges - anyone seen as a threat to stalin's image or rule was killed throughout the 1930s, stalin's government went through a series of purges where these potential threats were sought out and.
A leader is defined as a guiding or directing head stalin was the leader of the party that was in charge of the soviet union he created a totalitarian regime which brought great suffering to the russian people. World history ch 16 study play what was the biggest weakness of the league of nations it had no way of enforcing policy effects of the great depression high unemployment what was the appeal of mussolini's fascist government to italians what was a cause of stalins great purge. In the early 1930s, a famine developed in the ukraine learning of the suffering there, stalin's wife nadezhda confronted him, demanding that he remedy the situation the couple had a tremendous fight, and stalin ordered the arrest of the students who had informed his wife of the disaster shortly.
The great purge, also known as the great terror, was stalin’s way of dealing with political opposition brutal and without mercy, he instigated the greatest political repression campaign in the history of the soviet union. Figes' account centers on the great terror, a series of campaigns by stalin during the 1930s that included mass arrests and deportations, communist party purges and staged trials of political rivals. Always remain undisputed that the purges during the 1930s initiated by joseph stalin brought massive repercussion in all sectors of the society and greatly endangered soviet union's sovereignty and viability.