What caused the great terror?

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  • What caused the terror?
    • Stalins paranoia
      • Fuelled by yagoda who told stallin that the communist party did not think that stalin was wise anymore - led to stalin mistrusting his party
    • Red army and secret police(ogpu) had too much power
      • Stalin could not control the RA or OGPU
        • feared assassination or being over thrown
    • Economic Terror
      • 5YP were failing and he needed a scapegoat
        • deflected the blame from stalin
        • shakhty trial
        • wreckers who sabotaged economic policies were put on trials 'show trials'
          • show trials were trials that were almost like a play, the people had already been sentenced but it just made it look like they were given a chance
          • gave stalin a cheap labour force who could build great things in his 5YP such as Manitogorsk
            • white coal - slave labour
    • congress of victors
      • Kirov gained more votes than stalin for central commitee seats (1200 / 900)
        • stalin felt embarassed and betrayed by his party
          • unwanted party members were removed (purged)
    • old communists knew about lenin not liking stalin
      • didnt think they trusted him
      • old party memebers were purged
    • Kirov murdered
      • gave stalin an excuse to hunt down the person who killed him
        • old party memebers were purged
  • Fuelled by yagoda who told stallin that the communist party did not think that stalin was wise anymore - led to stalin mistrusting his party
  • riutin affair 1934
    • undermined stalins authority and stalin wanted riutin murdered
      • other communists fought for him to not be executed - kirov was one of these people
    • Kirov murdered
      • gave stalin an excuse to hunt down the person who killed him
      • congress of victors
        • Kirov gained more votes than stalin for central commitee seats (1200 / 900)
          • stalin felt embarassed and betrayed by his party
            • unwanted party members were removed (purged)

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