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Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin? Explain your answer with reference to the sources.

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RUSSIA 1905-1941 STALIN: MAN or MONSTER? 1. Study sources A, B and C. Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin? Explain your answer with reference to the sources. The sources give both similar and different impressions of Stalin. Some are favourable and some are not. Sources B and C are similar as they are both pro Stalin; Source B is an official Soviet painting of Stalin with the workers at a newly opened hydroelectric power station in the 1930's. As it was an official Soviet painting it could not have been anti-Stalin in Russia in the 1930's, as the painter would have been severely punished. Stalin is dressed in a white workers uniform. This is very significant as the workers uniform symbolises the fact that he is very involved with his people. The fact that the uniform is white is to present him in a pure, angelic light. Source C is a photograph of Stalin congratulating wives of army officers. It is illustrated to us in this picture that Stalin is above the people; they are looking up at him. ...read more.

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Another reason why it is plausible is that Krushchev had a personal interest in being neither pro nor anti Stalin, as he wanted to become Stalin's successor so he had to win over both those who loved and admired Stalin and those who detested Stalin. Another plausible reason is that both source G and H are extracts from speeches therefore it is impossible to know what came before or after the extract and weather the context is positive or negative towards Stalin. Krushchev was a very ambitious man and had great aspirations for the Soviet; he later used vicious and brutal methods to fulfil his dreams for the Soviet. This means he probably actually agreed with Stalin's methods although he does not say this in the sources, and it is even likely that he learned from Stalin. In this source Krushchev suggests that Stalin is a man who wanted the best for his country, in a way that was completely selfless "...in the interest of the Party and the working masses..." However in source F, Krushchev is speaking to the public rather than to the Soviet Communist Party so he shows no interest in agreeing with what Stalin did or disagreeing with his actions. ...read more.

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was corrupted by absolute power. Absolute power turned a ruthless politician into a monstrous tyrant". 8. Use the sources and your knowledge of Stalin and Soviet history to explain why there has been disagreement about Stalin. Many of these sources praise Stalin and make him out to be godly. Stalin was the main influence for the productivity and modernization of the Soviet. Stalin did achieve some great things, this led people to believe that he was their 'saviour' because of the change he brought to their country. Stalin was the one who allowed the media to print only what he approved of and everything that his people knew was up to what he wanted them to know. People who were opposed to Stalin were the people who were exiled because of him so they were aware of the real Stalin. Another reason why people could not disagree with Stalin is because he threatened anyone and everyone who were against him, and he actually carried out his threats. No-one actually under Stalin's rule, knew Stalin's true nature until after he died, and those who did could not voice their opinions. People outside the Soviet Union had no influence on those in the Soviet Union. 1 ...read more.

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