A Timid Flock: Investigating Propaganda Under Stalin

By Crystal Dome


The inexhaustible wellspring of the Communist movement was socialist ideology. Both propaganda and ideology acted as powerful agents in the shaping of Soviet policies and actions. Psychological manipulation was considered integral to Soviet politics from the October Revolution to its dissolution in 1991. Propaganda was considered to be the sacred key to the creation of a society both socialist and modern. The most famous examples of Soviet propaganda and ideology are typically associated with Joseph Stalin. Stalin’s reign represented a unique, and ultimately brutal, process of state-guided social transformation. The pace and violence of the changes which took place under Stalin were astonishing. In a matter of a few years, much of the previous social fabric, Tsarist and Soviet, was dispersed and destroyed. With this destruction came the creation of new patterns, which, although they emerged very rapidly, became permanent. The Soviet ideological system was far from static. It evolved through the years in-step with Soviet politics and its day-to-day realities, which were the driving force behind ideological revolution. This presentation attempts to analyze the use of propaganda under Stalin and its evolution throughout his rule.



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