State’s Goals for the Nationwide Discussion

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Abstract

The discussion campaign had mobilizational, integrational, educational, monitoring, and legitimization functions. A conspicuously obvious function was to educate and infuse millions with the Soviet ideology. But in more general terms, it was a case of sociopolitical mobilization, intended to control the public and involve it in activities that shaped attitudes and perceptions. Total mass mobilization and political violence were elements of the emergency mode of Stalin’s policies in his endeavor to quickly modernize the country and fashion a perfect society. Implicitly, the discussion represented a new way of power legitimation through appeals to the direct expression of the people’s will.

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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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