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Mobilisation and Propaganda

Modern History (Year 12) - Methods of Control

Ben Whitten

Mobilisation and propaganda were key methods used by the Soviet regime to control individuals and groups between 1922 and 1945.


Mobilisation was used to mobilise the population to work towards the goals of the Soviet regime, such as industrialisation and collectivisation. The regime used a variety of methods to mobilise the population, including the use of labor camps, conscription, and the establishment of a system of quotas for production and labor. The regime also used the secret police and the military to enforce mobilisation and punish those who failed to meet the quotas or refused to comply with the regime's policies.


Propaganda was also used extensively by the Soviet regime to control individuals and groups. The regime used propaganda to promote its ideology and policies, and to shape public opinion in its favor. The regime controlled all forms of media, including newspapers, radio, and film, and used them to disseminate its message. Propaganda was also used to create a cult of personality around Soviet leaders, particularly Joseph Stalin, and to promote the idea of the Soviet Union as a powerful and unstoppable force.

Other Tools for Control

Both mobilisation and propaganda were used to create a sense of national unity and to promote the idea that the Soviet Union was a socialist paradise. They were also used to silence dissent and opposition to the regime, and to create a climate of fear and mistrust, which made it difficult for individuals and groups to organise against the regime.

The Soviet regime also used education as a tool of socialisation, to instill the idea of Soviet patriotism and loyalty to the regime, and to create a new Soviet citizen. The regime also used mass organisations such as the Communist Youth League and the Soviet Women's Committee to control and mobilise different segments of the population.

The Soviet regime used a combination of mobilisation and propaganda to control individuals and groups between 1922 and 1945, creating a highly centralized and authoritarian state.

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