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The History Learning Site, 25 May The people of Russia had to read what the state allowed, see what the state allowed and listen to what the state allowed. Those who attempted to listen, read etc. Everybody knew of the labour camps and that was enough of a deterrent.
It was not unusual for Stalin to be in a white suit so that he stood out from the crowd. Those who wrote poems and novels had to do the same — write about Stalin in a manner which gloried him.
Some artists and authors were so depressed by all this that they committed suicide rather than do what the state ordered them to do.
Many others tried to leave the country. Education was strictly controlled by the state.
Ina rigid programme of discipline and education was introduced. Exams, banned under Leninwere reintroduced. Outside of school, children were expected to join youth organisations such as the Octobrists for 8 to 10 year olds and the Pioneers for the 10 to 16 year olds.
From 19 to 23 you were expected to join the Komsomol. Among other things, divorce was made a lot more easy under Lenin. Stalin changed all this. He put the emphasis on the family. There was a reason for this. Many children had been born out of marriage and Moscow by was awash with a very high number of homeless children who had no family and, as such, were a stain on the perfect communist society that Stalin was trying to create.
The state paid families a child allowance if their were a married couple. It became a lot harder to get a divorce and restrictions were placed on abortions. Ceremonial weddings made a comeback. In the work place, women maintained their status and there was effective equality with men.
In theory, all jobs were open to women. The only real change took place in the image the state created for women. Some people did very well out of the system especially party officials and skilled factory workers. Health care was greatly expanded. In the past, the poorer people of Russia could not have expected qualified medical help in times of illness.
Now that facility was available though demand for it was extremely high. The number of doctors rose greatly but there is evidence that they were so scared of doing wrong, that they had to go by the rule book and make appointments for operations which people did not require!!
Those apartments that were put up quickly, were shoddy by western standards. In was not unusual for flat complexes to be built without electric sockets despite electricity being available — building firms were simply not used to such things.
Leisure for the average Russian person was based around fitness and sport. Clubs, sports facilities etc. The state also controlled the cinema, radio etc. Was Stalin a disaster for Russia?
The secret police actively encouraged people to inform on neighbours, work mates etc. Anyone with talent was seen as a threat by the increasingly paranoid behaviour associated with Stalin and were killed or imprisoned which usually lead to death anyway.
The vast Soviet army was a body without a brain as most of her senior officers had been arrested and murdered during the Purges.Joseph Stalin and USSR Under the leadership of Josef Stalin, U.R.S.S.
has become fast an industrialized state, and having won the Second World War, a super power. In the same time, though, StalinÂ’s tyranny has brought the ruin of the Russian society.
Joseph Stalin Homework Help Questions. Describe the significance of Stalin's uses of propaganda in manipulating the people of the Soviet Stalin's use of propaganda was significant on two levels.
Under Stalin’s power, the Soviet Union became more involved in international affairs. During the WW1, Russia did not play a major role in the Great War. Stalin was responsible transforming the Soviet Union from an agricultural nation into a global superpower and did not see the elimination of millions of lives as an impediment to the achievement of this goal.
The thunder-and-lightning example seems like a bad comparison for this kind of situation, in that the false claim is (1) easily observable to be untrue, and (2) utterly useless to the society that propagates it.
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