Stalin 's Cult Of Personality Essay

1447 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Contrary to Vladimir Lenin, who was quite modest and refused any kind of public praise, Stalin relied on constant worship in what became known as Stalin’s cult of personality. In this sense, Stalin’s personality cult went against traditional Bolshevik practice. This cult allowed Stalin to have a stronger support system for his policies as he lacked the same prestige as Lenin, especially in the 1930s when the famine of 1932-1933 increased opposition and he started to rely on drastic measures such as the Great Purge, in which he eradicated any people he perceived to be a threat to his authority. Thus, Stalin’s cult also grew as his absolute power and dictatorial leadership style also grew in the 1930s. Interestingly, however, Stalin was significantly more modest in his private life, even showing scorn for adulation as evident in a letter he wrote to a former Bolshevik, Ia. M. Shatunovskii in August 1930, in which he concluded, “You speak of your ‘devotion’ to me. Perhaps that phrase slipped out accidentally. Perhaps. But if it isn’t an accidental phrase, I’d advise you to thrust aside the ‘principle’ of devotion to persons. It isn’t the Bolshevik way. Have devotion to the working class, its party, its state.”

However, it is commonly argued that this is a merely a façade to the Stalin who is hungry for devotion and desires a hero-like status among the people. Despite of this, especially in the early 1930s, Stalin praised Lenin, advising people to not be put off by Lenin’s…

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