Stalinist Russia: A social history of the Russian capacity for survival
For thirty-two years Josef Stalin ruled over the Soviet Union with Russia as its heart. He generated a cyclone of hysteria that confused and frightened the Russians into perpetrating atrocious acts against one another. Many causes influenced the Russian people's actions; however, Stalin's use of dehumanization, fear, and denial are the key elements that secured his position as leader, convinced this nation to turn on itself, and ensured the success of Stalin's plan to make the Soviet Union an industrialized world superpower.
This thesis uses interpretations of primary and secondary sources to investigate the influences that cause people to compromise their morality as a means of survival. It provides an analysis of Stalin's character and how his leadership methods created circumstances that forced millions to live in a survival mode rather than prosperity.