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Jessie Millet Modern World History Mr Pollans 51801 Joseph Stalin led the Socialist Soviet Union in the Revolution from Above a movement to centralize the government and transform society without popular participation Because Stalins radical goals were destructive for the populace to attain his legitimacy was based on the credibility of his ideological authority In protection of that conviction Stalin was in constant fear of competitive initiative and philosophy Stalin subjected society and culture to strict party surveillance and control issuing pro-socialist xenophobic propaganda censoring literature art and media and launching anti-religious campaigns In addition to his confiscation of religious property and denunciation of belief Stalin was a contemptuous anti-Semite using Jewish people as symbols of a corrupt capitalist ethic However in 1941 Stalin discontinued his Jewish intolerance and supported the formation of the Jewish Antifascist Committee JAC in 1942 contradicting practiced Stalinism and amending his previously categorical policy Even after WWII Stalin collaborated with the United States and supported the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine Soviet Jews raised great hope for future friendship and cooperation with the government Suddenly in 1948 Stalin changed his position again dissolving the JAC arresting prominent Jews and beginning the Black Years of refreshed repression and anti-Semitism Although drastic doctrinal oscillations were completely out of character for the inflexible dictator the changes in Jewish administration were not the only exceptions in his etiology that Stalin made from WWII to his death The effects of Stalins inconstancies were dangerously close to destructive of his legitimacy and authority What compelled a fanatically unyielding and calculating dictator to alter his policy -- self-preservation miscalculation composite guilt or deteriorating mentality Stalin owed everything to Lenin Stalins oppressive rule was legitimized by the imprimatur of Lenins creation and succession Marxs theory became Lenins doctrine and Stalins creative justification Lenins Bolshevik Majority party was formed in 1903 with the objective of a stagiest societal evolution of
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