Turning Back Totalitarianism: Exorcising Stalin's Ghost

By Matthew Newton

Khrushchev's problem was complex in that he wanted to appease the entire Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1956 and yet legitimize his position of power. In my presentation, I analyze how Nikita Khrushchev combated Stalin's ubiquitous cult of personality in the former Soviet Union, during the so-called 'thaw.' I investigate the efficacy of Khrushchev's political actions and his audacious 'Secret Speech,' and examine whether Soviet society changed or remained the same.

 

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