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Discussion response needed:

Nazism/Stalinism

I
believe their similarities are more important.  They both wanted what
they believed was best for their countries – to turn them into
industrial powerhouses the ability to defeat any enemy on the
battlefield.  The Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact they signed in 1939
was evidence of this.  They had mutual respect for each other, and they
wanted to avoid an inevitable war (at this time).

They
both rose to power by motivating a populace, building a platform based
on targeted anger.  Stalin preferred to eliminate his competition by
getting rid of the kulaks, targeting the peasants that were suppressing
the Soviet industrialization process economically.  The Stalinist
government was able to drum up support from the heavily populated urban
centers, which were the lynchpin of his five-year plan, by attacking the
agricultural workers and replacing farms with collective farms.

This
plan worked surprisingly well.  While the rest of the world was thrown
into chaos due to the Great Depression, it seemed like everybody in the
U.S.S.R. had a job.  Stalin was able to consolidate power by completely
removing right-wing influence from the government, and propel his
position with industrialization goals being crushed.  The U.S.S.R.
accounted for 18% of all the world’s manufacturing in 1938.  He was
quiet but poignant throughout this process, being criticized by Lenin
for “his rudeness and deviousness” (Heineman).  

Although
Hitler’s legacy is cemented as possibly the worst dictator of all time,
he was much more politically tactful than Stalin in his rise to power. 
Much like the Soviets, the Germans were in economic trouble in the late
1920’s.  This left a huge power vacuum, and Hitler’s SS were more than
willing to eliminate anyone who wanted to fill that void.  Just like
Stalin had his kulak’s to blame for the Soviet economic problems, Hitler
and the SS needed an enemy as well.  They chose the Jews, and blamed
them for tainting the Aryan race, among other transgressions (Heineman).

Mirroring
the Soviet unification of their, party under Stalin, Hitler was able to
get the Enabling Act passed on March 23, 1933, expanding his (and the
Nazi party’s) power and influence in Germany.  Also, much like Stalin,
Hitler believed in elimination of any who may oppose him – even in his
own party.  This led to the Night
of the Long Knives, when he actually had his own brownshirts executed. 
From this unopposed platform, he was able to redirect Nazi Germany’s
industrial production, turning it into a war machine capable of starting
World War II.

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