(2) - POL Tuesday, January 10, 2010 Communisms Functioning...

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POL Tuesday, January 10, 2010 Communism ʼ s Functioning and Demise - Soviets lost 20 million people in WWII, as the only thing that was not expendable was humans - Stalin purged the party of leaders, when he died, who would be in charge? - End of terror following Stalin ʼ s death in 1953 - by 1956 the problem of who would be in charge was settled: Stalin ʼ s head of the secret police was executed - The Communist Party versus the Secret Police(NKVD/KGB)? - Khrushchev ʼ s “secret speech” and end of “cult of personality” said that communism and such was good, but Stalin was bad critizised cult of personality: that Stalin was all good, and he was the representative of the people and was everything to everyone did not obey Marxist ways: thought that modes of production were Fne and did not look to them for political change objected to the lack of predictability that communism had in±icted on society - from devotion to obedience who stopped clapping Frst it is enough that you obey - Stalin era 1956-1991 - crypto-politics and rule by law politics beneath the surface (ex: who was on the podium/ who was not, an
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course POL 103Y1 taught by Professor Professorkopstein during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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(2) - POL Tuesday, January 10, 2010 Communisms Functioning...

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