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Stalins polices and actions within the Soviet Union 1928-1953 were primarily designed to maintain his own power and authority. How far do these sources show this to be true?

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GCSE Stalin Coursework 6. "Stalin's polices and actions within the Soviet Union 1928-1953 were primarily designed to maintain his own power and authority." How far do these sources show this to be true? Each source shows a difference in how true statement, "Stalin's policies and actions within the Soviet Union 1928 - 1953 were primarily designed to maintain his own power and authority." Firstly the sources that suggest that this statement could well be true in sources C, E, J, K and finally L. Source C, a cartoon which was published in Paris in the 1930's, shows Stalin and the results of his policies. This suggests that to maintain his authority, Stalin had to create purges and the result of this, was many people being killed. The source contains the irony of Stalin showing off the pyramids of skulls which suggests that these polices were ridiculous and only applied because of Stalin's paranoia. Furthermore to be purged meant expelling of members who were in one way or another was unreliable. ...read more.


Concluding that it would not be as reliable. As for source K and L, both being and cartoon about Stalin's show trials, although source K coming from America and source L from France. Both sources showing the mockery of Stalin's show trials suggesting how ridiculous both sources are. In source K it shows the members of the politburo admitting happily with fixed faces, to the allegations made against Stalin. As in source L it shows Stalin being in every position of the show trial being Stalin, Stalin is the jury, the lawyer and the judge. Both show clearly that the sources are true about the statement made in the title. However in sources A, B, D, F, G, H and I could well not be true, that Stalin did design policies to help the USSR and its people. Sources A and B shows Stalin being with workers while smiling with them and looking like a good politician. Source A an official painting of Stalin is in front of a newly opened hydroelectric power station. ...read more.


In source D, however, suggests that Stalin was a "gifted politician" and he had "a dark and evil side to his nature." Except this source is an opinion of the extract taken out of the biography of Stalin published in 1993 in Britain, which states that "in my belief." This source does not provide enough evidence that Stalin was a good politician as it was published in 1993 in Britain; therefore it can suggest that Stalin did not use policies to retain his power. On the contrary to source to source F, a British historian's view of education provision in the Soviet Union, written in 1995. This source state's that the achievement of the Soviet Union to demolish illiteracy was "rare by 1939" and that previously the population was affected by illiteracy by "75%." While the population of children in primary school had risen from "9 to 18 million between 1920-1933", the number of pupils to secondary school had rose to "3.5 million in 1993" from "0.5 million in 1922." Furthermore this lead to a total school population in the USSR of "around 35 million" school pupils. This can be backed up by source G, a photograph of a boy's school in Moscow in 1940. ...read more.

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