HIS242H1 Lecture Notes - Uprising Of 1953 In East Germany, Titoism, Nikita Khrushchev

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No political opposition exists against communist parties in stalinized countries. No policing except for very large force of secret police. National cultures no longer allowed to exist. Characterizations of stalinization: replication of soviet style of government (one party state, total control and power, infiltration of all areas of life by party). Enforced imitation of soviet political administration and cultural institutions: absolute obedience to soviet directives (disobedience, discussion not allowed, administrative supervision of other countries by soviet russian personnel from moscow (east germany example of extreme supervision. For every 65 people, one worked for the secret police: bureaucratic arbitrariness (parties claimed to be acting rationally, but do everything but. Especially during purges: police terror, not just surveillance, ran amok, poverty, economic deprivation. Economic resources being redirected into industrialization rather than consumer needs: colonial-like trade with the soviet union. Berlin wall in 1961, but before this, only opening in the iron curtain: synthetic russification, russomania.

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