The Image of Stalin in Soviet Propaganda and Public Opinion during World War 2
The creation of a cult of Stalin was one of the most conspicuous features of Soviet politics in the 1930s. The lavish praise heaped on him at the time of his fiftieth birthday in December 1929 was followed by Stalin’s automatic identification with the successes of Soviet economic and social policy, and by the growing ritualisation of greetings, pledges and tributes to the leader. By the late 1930s, glorification of his wisdom, strength and courage, his unique contribution to the development of Marxism-Leninism, and his historic achievement in building socialism in the USSR was mandatory in all spheres of public life.1 (Plate 10)
KeywordsSoviet Leadership Soviet Society Soviet People Politburo Member Bitter Truth
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