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4.2 - The cult of personality
|During the 1930s, what had Stalin increasingly done?
|Used his control of the government to present himself in a favourable light.
|What was the image Stalin created of himself?
|A caring, friendly leader.
|Who were told that they must produce works in praise of Stalin's achievements?
|Writers, film-makers and artists.
|What were writers, film-makers and artists told?
|That they must produce works in praise of Stalin's achievements.
|What was history re-written to do?
|Give Stalin an important role under Lenin in the early days of communism.
|What was done to give Stalin an important role under Lenin in the early days of communism?
|History was re-written.
|What happened to dissenters (going against the common views)?
|They were punished.
|Give an example of a dissenter being punished, what happened?
|The writer Solzhenitsyn, who criticised Stalin's rule and was sentenced to 8 years in one of Stalin's labour camps.
|What were musicians expected to do?
|Compose popular pieces celebrating the achievements of the Soviet workforce in the modernisation of the country.
|What were common?
|Propaganda posters featuring Stalin and happy Russian workers.
|Why were propaganda posters featuring Stalin and happy Russian workers common?
|Visual images helped to spread the desired message of happy workers striving for success.