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Unformatted text preview: performance, especially with regard to collectivization. Trotsky was better known, however Stalin was able to have to power to appoint people to the Central Committee, and was able to get control of the party. Purges were done to preserve Stalins image and to get rid of anyone who may question him. Reasons why Stalin could remain in power despite disastrous economic policies and purges that killed most leading communists and half the officer corps of the Red Army:-Peasants lacked effective weapons, were disunited-Regime able to control access to information, at home and abroad-Stalin created a group of loyal supporters who owed their entire careers to him, and were prepared to obey virtually any order-Effectiveness of fear created by the secret police (NKVD)-Destruction of all independent institutions in the society, such as the press, religious groups, and political groups....
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- Spring '09