Stalin Achievment of His Aims in the USSR by 1939
Stalin's objectives are easy to distinguish although the exact time of
his ascension to autocracy was a gradual, indistinct one. Although
from the same party, he differed considerably from his rivals, such as
Trotsky's "Permanent Revolution being the antithesis to Stalin's
"socialism in one country".
Stalin's aims can be called the "Four faces of Stalinism," and,
following the New Economic Policy, passed several Five Year Plans to
industrialise and improve the economy. The next one of Stalin's aims
was the ideological unification and the developing of the "Stalin
cult". Stalin also wanted social mobility and a political
reorganization using the purges to destroy politics.
On the surface, most of Stalin's aims appeared to have been a success.
However, it is hard to tell in Russia as official statistics were
changed and any information strictly forbidden to the public.
Much of Stalin's earlier aims revolved around consolidating power,
both by eliminating opponents and rivals, then streamlining his own
party with men faithful to him as to ensure that there will be no
disloyalty to him from his own party. In this respect, Stalin achieved
his aims as the other main possible candidates for power following
Lenin's death in 1924, Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev were all expelled
from the party, and Trotsky was assassinated during his exile in
Mexico in 1940. Stalin achieved this by cutting off the "Old
Bolsheviks" and regarding them as the enemy and alienating them from
his own party. He was able to do this by primarily emphasising on
their different opinions, particularly regarding th...
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...ponents. Stalin also used the purges to get rid of
disloyalty to him from within the party. However, once started, it is
debatable that Stalin did not continuously orchestrate the purges as
it gained an almost uncontrollable momentum of its own with the NKVD
police and desperate accused members confessing in the hopes of
leniency and protection for their loved ones. Combined with the show
cases that Yezhov conducted, the list of possible suspects and other
By 1939, it is evident that Stalin had achieved his aims,
economically, personally, socially and politically. They fact that he
successfully accomplished these points that he had long since achieved
his immediate short- term aim that enabled all the others to happen;
to consolidate his power as the sole, autocratic and undisputed leader