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What are the differences between Joseph Stalin and Napoleon in Animal Farm by George Orwell?

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Napoleon, the autocratic leader of Animal Farm, eventually changes the name of the farm back to Manor Farm.  Stalin, on the other hand, maintained the name of the socialist republic.  Stalin continued to support communist uprisings in Europe and Asia during the early Cold War, while Napoleon did not send out the pigeons who were supposed to carry revolution to other farms.  Napoleon claimed that the revolution was finished, while Stalin continued to keep the idea that there were always impure elements in the state and society that should be purged.  Napoleon, while he did not encourage the view of Sugar Candy Mountain (Animal Farm's heaven), did give Moses the Raven food.  Stalin, on the other hand, persecuted people of all faiths and claimed that the Soviet Union was an atheist republic.  Stalin purged his own generals in 1937-1938 while Napoleon only saw Snowball as his chief rival and he even seemed to cultivate the other male pigs as followers, provided that they knew they were below him.  While both leaders conducted mock trials and public executions, Stalin killed far more people and even persecuted certain ethnic groups such as Chechens, Tatars, and Ukrainians whom he viewed as a threat.  

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