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Propaganda & the Russian Revolution
Transcript of Propaganda & the Russian Revolution
As a young man, Joseph Stalin was a student at an Orthodox Seminary. He cunningly relied on the devotion of the Soviet people to create a positive , but false, image of himself. He had many images of himself displayed in public places, mostly statues. Operas and movies were made to show him as a hero. Also, he portrayed himself as Lenin's favorite and chosen successor, when Lenin actually didn't trust him. Lenin believed in everybody being equal, but Stalin had other opinions. He sponsored literature that glorified his presumed humble origins. Stalin was quick to state those who challenged or disagreed with him as "enemies of the revolution." Witnesses were paid to offer false testimony. Stalin created the perfect false image.
The Propaganda Influence
Propaganda influenced so much of the Russian Revolution and was used by so many people. It effected what people thought of specific leaders, such as Stalin, Trotsky, Lenin, Nicholas ll, and Marx. There would be posters, pictures, statues, books, and many types of public media to promote the person. People believed what they were told to believe. People thought that they were being treated equally. The Bolsheviks, who were the successful party of the Revolution were lead by Lenin, used many visual propaganda, since most Russians were illiterate at the time. Posters were printed by the million. People did not have the freedom to think independently. But they believed what they were told.
Even though they hated each other, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were quite similar. Both:
How did the leader impact the adage
People believed what they were told. Children were taught all the good about Stalin. The thoughts of society were based on what the leader said. All people that opposed Stalin were killed.This happened with Nazi Germany as well. Hitler was a role model for all people to follow. There were posters put against the Jews, so that the Germans could know that Jews were inferior to them. Name-calling as used against the Jews. In Russia and Nazi Germany, people believed what their leader said.
Brief History on the Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution took place in 1917. Before the revolution happened, the Russian monarchy became aware that they were becoming weaker. Czar Nicholas ll personally witnessed revolutionary terrorists assassinate his grandfather. His father reacted to this through the brutal oppression of the Russian people. When Nicholas ll rose to power, he used these same severe measures to subdue resistance.
Slowly, Nicholas ll grew weaker, and Vladimir Lenin became the most powerful figure in Russia. Few other revolutionaries possessed his characteristics.
The revolution under Lenin's leadership marked one of Russia's most radical turning point. It was a considerable change in direction for Russia. The industrial age's door was fully opened by the revolution. The Russian Revolution had also considerable international consequences. Lenin's government pulled Russia out of WWl. During the civil war, several nations, including the U.S., sent troops to attempt to keep their chaos from spreading elsewhere. Russia also had a fundamental part in the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWll. Later on, Western nations viewed Communism as a threat, and moved to isolate the Soviet Union. Then, a confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union began, and the Cold War got under way.
Joseph Stalin impacted the adage "All people should be created equal." Even when there was this saying, Stalin did not follow it. Life under Stalin's rule meant freedom was taken away from you. Being equal means that you are all the same. But, it seemed like "common people" were inferior to Stalin. He did not treat people fairly at all. He "put down," punished or executed people who got in his way or opposed him. .
The character of Napoleon is truly expressed by George Orwell in Animal Farm. Napoleon, who becomes a sort of dictator over the farm, uses manipulation to make people like him. He executes anyone who commits a crime, or is in a league with Snowball, who represents Trotsky in the book.
Brief History of the Russian Revolution
were triumphant in their rise to power
rose to the highest position in their separate countries
were skilled in their uses of propaganda
were unconcerned about morals
had ambition to make their countries powerful
led the revival of their parties, the Nazis and the Communist party
were wiling to kill for their beliefs