Totalitarianism and the purges – Part OneDictatorship is a messy business and squeamishness not a character trait often found in dictators. Stalin was no exception. In this (and in our next podcast) we look at how Stalin turned the USSR into a totalitarian dictatorship and in particular how he got rid of any potential rivals by use of ‘purges’. Key question? What do ‘totalitarianisms’ and ‘purges’ mean? Content covers: The cults of Lenin and then Stalin. The 1936 Constitution. Methods of totalitarianism: positive and negative. Overview of life in Soviet Russia.
Dr Mark Hurst