High Stalinism: rivalries, the Party and the cult of personality

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Rivalries

  • During this period, Stalin created rivalries between the leading figures of the regime
  • Stalin liked that people were in a permanent state of fear, as they were afraid of making him angry and afraid of others being closer to him than they were - it stopped people uniting against him

The Communist Party

  • No Party Congresses were held between 1939 and 1952
  • The Central Committee and Politburo met regularly, but Stalin often bypassed both to exert direct central authority
  • The Politburo was reduced to an advisory body, waiting to be told what to do by Stalin 
  • Big decisions were taken in ad hoc gatherings of Stalin's closest advisors
  • Membership of the Party remained high; however, members

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