How far was Stalin's paranoia a cause of the purges?

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How far do you agree that Stalin’s paranoia was the main cause of the great terror? The main cause of the great terror was evidently Stalin’s paranoia, it was the crucial cause for sparking the great terror to satisfy Stalin’s concerns. Other lesser contributing factors were the Congress of Victors, Terror economics and the Murder of Kirov. Stalin’s paranoia stemmed from the root that he believed he still had enemies. Stalin feared the pro Trotsky Red Army and secret police who had a lack of control and could potentially assassinate him. Stalin feared what had happened to his previous rivals who had power and fell would also occur to him further fuelling his paranoia. Stalin was also unable to trust members in his party and his paranoia further increased when he was outvoted by Kirov. Acting on this fear Stalin decided to remove those he saw as a threat and thus the great terror began. Stalin greatly feared older members of the party too as they knew the truth of Stalin’s rise to power and what Lenin’s testament contained which would have ruined Stalin’s career. Under Yagoda’s influence of suggesting communists questioned Stalin, his paranoia further developed and caused the emergence of the great terror. Undoubtedly Stalin felt he had to perform the mass purges because of his paranoia that he would be removed from power. As Stalin was in control this must be the main cause of the great terror as his desire to remain in power was the drive for allowing the great terror to happen. The Congress of victors was a short term cause of the great terror and only added to the main cause of Stalin’s paranoia. Kirov beat Stalin in the votes to elect a central committee which showed Kirov was more popular than Stalin. Older Bolsheviks also tried to persuade Kirov to become General Secretary and despite refusing Stalin found out and believed a purge was necessary. The
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