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Life in a Totalitarian State. Lesson 3 Chapter 15.3 Big Idea: Stalin turned the Soviet Union into a totalitarian state that regulated every aspect of the lives of its citizens. Objectives. Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of communist rule Explain how Stalin created a totalitarian state

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life in a totalitarian state

Life in a Totalitarian State

Lesson 3

Chapter 15.3

Big Idea: Stalin turned the Soviet Union into a totalitarian state that regulated every aspect of the lives of its citizens

objectives
Objectives
  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of communist rule
    • Explain how Stalin created a totalitarian state
    • Summarize how communism changed Soviet society
  • Relate how state control affected the arts in the Soviet Union
  • Create a piece of Soviet Propaganda based on evaluated text
warm up
Warm up

How did Stalin come to power in Russia? What were his goals for the country?

activity 30 minutes
Activity ~30 minutes

You will be completing a t-chart on communist rule

Working individually you will be assigned a reading

You will need to bullet point the benefits and drawbacks (Totalitarian Control and Changes in Soviet Society)

Write on board/share with class

age of totalitarian control
Age of Totalitarian Control
  • Totalitarian state
    • One party dictatorship; regulates every aspect of life
  • Obedience
    • Secret police, censorship, purges, terror
  • Propaganda
    • Radios, loudspeakers, movies, theaters, schools
    • nationalism
  • War on Religion
    • Atheism
    • Punished Orthodox Church
changes in soviet society
Changes in Soviet Society
  • New Elite
    • Head of society- Communist Party
    • Industrial managers, military leaders, scientists, some artists and writers
  • Social Benefits
    • Free education
    • Free medical care
    • Day care
    • Inexpensive housing
    • Public recreation
    • Bread plentiful
  • Social Drawbacks
    • S.O.L. low
    • Scarce housing
    • Lack of meat, fresh fruit and other foods
  • Education
    • State supported
    • Outside activities
  • Women
    • Equality under law
    • Access to edu & jobs
the arts and the state
The Arts and the State
  • Socialist Realism
    • Soviet life in positive light
    • Promote hope in communist future
    • Themes- peasants, workers, heroes of rev, Stalin
  • Censorship
    • Govt control & persecution
    • Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova

Socialist Realism Assignment

closure discussion
Closure-Discussion

One historian has said that socialist realism was “communism with a smiling face.” What do you think he meant?

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