HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

Stalin’s Rule

according to the short bibliographical article on Stalin: “In his prime, Stalin was hailed as a universal genius, as a ?shining sun,? or ?the staff of life,? and also as a ?great teacher and friend? (especially of those communities he most savagely persecuted)”
why would these people consider him such a great ruler if he persecuted them so harshly? the article mentions some of his more major acheivements, but leaves out some of the more specific things he did within his country…what kind of laws did he enforce within Russia’s smaller communities? what kind of rights did his people have under him? it seems like he, being a very strict and strong dictator, wouldn’t give his people enough rights in order for them like him.

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