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Stalin

4.2 - The cult of personality

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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.
Created by: mollyyy