Essay on Hitler vs. Stalin

859 Words Apr 14th, 2006 4 Pages
Stalin vs. Hitler

If two men were to be tagged with having the most impact, good or bad, on twentieth century Europe the names Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler would ring loud and clear. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were the most recognizable and known totalitarian leaders in Europe. They both had a great impact on the world's history. Adolf Hitler was the Fuhrer of the III Reich and a leader of the Nazi Party. He is to blame for the break out of the II World War and for the creation of an ideology which caused the holocaust and suffering of many nations. Stalin was a leader of the Soviet Union until 1953.
He was the initiator of the Great Purges in 1937 and the collectivization which caused a huge amount of victims in his own
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Stalin's scheme looked differently because it started in a state which has already been authoritarian and had already been involved in it. He didn't have to win support of masses as Hitler did but had to eliminate his contenders and strengthen his position inside the party. The biggest difference in the two's method on becoming the central figure in their countries government was Hitler's was very short, and acted more on instinct to win over the respect of his country in a little over a year. While Stalin's was more of a very strategic chess match, so he had to build his positions slowly and had to remove many contenders that would enable him in his goal. Then very carefully set up his last opposition for his crucial, checkmate. Both men were very influential people, both men were skilled users of propaganda, they could use their words to twist and manipulate the minds of people into believing that what they were saying was the absolute truth. Using this power, they would use people as their individual puppets and wouldn't think twice as if it was morally right or wrong. Since their countries were still recovering from World War I it was easier for both men to gain support of the people, with their lies of a better life and the prosperity that was just ahead over the horizon. Restoring the power back into their countries was of great importance to both men. After World War I, Russia had 9,150,000 casualties and Germany had
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