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Modern WI: Stalin Not Paranoid?

Foie Gras

New member
So Stalin wasn't as nuts as he was in OTL, but still got into power in the way he did.

How does WW2 go if half the officer corps aren't purged?
 

Kinetic

Vivere est militare!

KittyWubs

Member
IIRC and correct me if I'm wrong, but there's actually an argument to be made that the Stalin purges DID prevent some kind of Planned/Possible Revolt? Or no. I'm not to sure on where I heard this.
 

Kinetic

Vivere est militare!
IIRC and correct me if I'm wrong, but there's actually an argument to be made that the Stalin purges DID prevent some kind of Planned/Possible Revolt?
Essentially correct.
 

Alcibiades

Well-known member
Stalin's actions make perfect sense given his worldview. There's no need to attribute paranoia to him.
 

Horton

Cat
Administrator
Stalin's actions make perfect sense given his worldview. There's no need to attribute paranoia to him.
In someways that's possible to apply to any dictator. Like any risks to your power need to go or you're dead.
 

Alcibiades

Well-known member
In someways that's possible to apply to any dictator. Like any risks to your power need to go or you're dead.
That's true too, but I mean that these guys (not just Stalin, the Communists at this time in general) thought that they were under threat (which they were) and that the best way to get everyone who is a danger is to get everyone who looks like he might be dangerous, even if 90% of them probably aren't.

EDIT: I'ce read Kaganovich's memoirs, and he specifically says this.
 

Eliar

Well-known member
How WW2 go if Stalin, did not push for rapid industrialization and the expansion of the Red Army size and capabilities at all costs?

Someone is paranoid if they are not out to get you.
 

Lerticus

Senile Old Coot
Communism
He wasn't paranoid. They really were out to get his lucky charms.
IIRC and correct me if I'm wrong, but there's actually an argument to be made that the Stalin purges DID prevent some kind of Planned/Possible Revolt? Or no. I'm not to sure on where I heard this.
Could have been worse. Could have been Trotsky. Entire planet would have rose up to crush Russia if that perpetual revolutionary fucker had come to power.
 
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