I know we had a discussion about this in class the other day but I’m still confused as to why Stalin started his reign of terror. I understand how he did, and what methods he used to control the kulaks and the old Bolsheviks, but I’m not sure what his main purpose was. Was his reign of terror put into place for him to gain more power until he holds absolute power or was it solely because he was focused on creating a socialist society, and he thought getting rid of those who opposed him and even the old communist party was the only way to socialism. The textbook even states that many historians are baffled by Stalin’s purges and why he would execute people who didn’t pose a threat or commit a crime. It seems to me that some part of Stalin was hoping this reign of terror would only bring him more power and he was more concerned about gaining absolute power than instilling socialism into Russian society. He would also backstab his own allies to gain power, which helps convince me that he had developed a huge ego and was focused on achieving more and more power.