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Does this source provide any useful evidence about Stalin?

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GCSE History Coursework Assignment 2. 2: Does this source provide any useful evidence about Stalin? I think this source tells us about Stalin's character and personality. I think Stalin told this story because he wanted to portray an image of himself to the public. He tries to portray a nice and caring image of himself. But I think that what Stalin says is not true, because during Stalin's purges and famines, which caused millions of Russian people die, why would he care if one person died when he was in Siberia. During the 1930s Stalin used the five-year plans to revolutionize Russia's industry, but to do this he first needed to feed his work force in the cities. He found that old farming methods were inefficient and were too small to make efficient use of tractors and fertilizers. ...read more.

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Stalin also murdered millions of his own people during the purges in the 1930s. In his purges he killed people that he saw as a threat to him. When the leader of the Leningrad communist party Kirov, was murdered, Stalin used this as an opportunity to purge the party, or to get rid of his political opponents. In the show trials loyal Bolsheviks were forced to confess to being traitors of the state and sentenced to death. Estimates say that 500,000 party members were murdered in this way. Stalin also purged the army including 25,000 officers; university lecturers, teachers, engineers and many ordinary people were killed. It is estimated that Stalin killed 10 million people in his purges by 1937. So Stalin by 1945 when source D was written was responsible for the deaths of 15 million plus, people. ...read more.

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So he tells this story about his time in Siberia and tries to influence the public's thought to believe this story and think that he is a nice person. I think he did this to make the people stop thinking that he is responsible for the purges and put the blame on who he calls "Our Leaders". This source also tells us how Stalin rules Russia with lies to try to keep the public supporting him, and if they appose him they will end up in dead, or in a labour camp. Russia during Stalin's time as leader was a totalitarian State, this meant that no opposition to him was allowed. So, yes this source tells us useful information of Stalin. It tells us that he is insecure person, and he feels the need to lie to the people to hide what he is really like and portray a fake image of himself. Page 1 of 2 pages. Philip. Gonsalves 07/05/07 ...read more.

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