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Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin?

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Question 1. Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin? (8) A French cartoonist published source A so the source has to be questioned about its reliability as the view could possibly be bias. The caption quotes "Visit the USSR, see the pyramids." This is a cynical and ironic cartoon source. The pyramids of skulls represent the millions of peasants, kulaks and victims of Stalin's purges of 1934 who were killed. Stalin looks quite evil in the cartoon with his squinted eyes and looks quite proud with his friendly guiding hand to show the on-looker his "achievements" of the deaths of many quite innocent civilians. This source gives a bad impression of Stalin and makes it different from the other two sources. Source B is similar to source A as they were both published in the 1930s but are different because it is published by the soviets themselves and hence could be used as propaganda and even part of 'cult of personality' in which Stalin is made out to be a god-like figure. ...read more.

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Overall my conclusion is that source B and C are similar to each other but they are different to source A. The sources give similar and different views of Stalin. They are all similar to each other in the way that they are all visual but different as source A portrays a pessimistic impression whilst source B and C are optimistic impressions of the Russian leader. Question 2. Does this source provide any useful information about Stalin? (9) This source tells me almost nothing useful about Stalin. This is unreliable as it was written by Stalin himself and was probably used for propaganda. The impression that Stalin is trying to depict is that he cares about people saying, "I told them off for having more concern for animals than for men." He is shown as a caring leader when all he cares about is power and how he is determined to keep it. This is not an accurate piece of information because it gives a positive attitude about Stalin and I know for a fact that he didn't care about people because there was an estimated 13 million kulaks ...read more.

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It is if to say that Stalin would never do anything like that even though we have the knowledge to show that he would and has taken advantage of his people and treated the brutally and maliciously. Stalin ruled Russia through fear and force and not from being a successful and good leader. The citizens of Russia were afraid of Stalin and would do anything to keep their lives. Consequences of the purges tell me that many peasants, kulaks and communist party members were shot. 20 million Russians had been transported to labor camps and made to work in horrendous working conditions and very harsh hours. Over 90% of the soviet army generals were removed from their positions and people lived in dear in their homes, work places and even in the streets. This knowledge goes against what the source is telling me the reader, and is not useful at all if I was to be looking for reliable and trustworthy information. This source is almost certainly only for propaganda purposes and not a dependable source of knowledge about Joseph Stalin. Question 3. Which of these two sources is the most reliable? (10) ...read more.

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