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It is true that Stalin was the cause of millions of Russians being murdered and there is sufficient evidence, which shows Stalin to be a despotic tyrant, but whether he should be condemned for this is a different matter.

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Adam Sivner 5V Stalin Coursework Q7 It is true that Stalin was the cause of millions of Russians being murdered and there is sufficient evidence, which shows Stalin to be a despotic tyrant, but whether he should be condemned for this is a different matter. Stalin was obsessed with power and to make sure he kept it, he would murder anyone that showed even the slightest bit of opposition to him, so millions of people died in these purges. Also Stalin got rid of some of the Soviet Union's most intelligent and creative brains for example - thinkers, writers and artists who could have gone on to great things. Instead Stalin had them murdered too, as he cold not stand people who were more intelligent or gifted than he was, as they posed a threat to him. Also there is no doubt that Stalin used the five year plans to increase his power on the country. This was done by increasing the industrial base with these new plans, this would therefore increase support for the Bolshevik party and so give Stalin the excuse to increase control over trade and so this would in turn increase his own power. ...read more.

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Source H on the other hand is most likely to be reliable as it was written many years after the purges in a time where Britain was no longer at war with Russia. This source taken from a textbook, meaning that the information will have been taken from many different sources, shows how Stalin forced through collectivisation, killing many of the Kulaks in the process. One can see that there is plenty evidence against Stalin showing him to be a mass murderer and a despotic tyrant but he did do many good things for Russia. In just 30 years Stalin managed to turn Russia into a powerful, modern industrial nation. In 1928 Russia was very much industrially backward but by the mid 1940's agriculture was organised by collectivisation and she was far more advanced industrially than she ever had been. From 1928 till the Second World War, Stalin did heavily strengthen the country, so much so that they were eventually successful in stopping Germany capturing the country and drove them back across Europe. Also under Stalin there were advances in medicine and education and enormous numbers of people learned to read and write. ...read more.

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I say its reliability is debatable because it would be most likely that this would be a false speech for this man fears for his life but on the other hand it was published by a British academic who should have no need to praise Stalin. What swung it for me however that this source is unreliable is that this British academic actually had a eastern European surname and so is most likely to have connections with Russia and so have a hidden bias. One can see therefore that there is very little reliable evidence that praises Stalin for transforming and strengthening the country. I do feel that Stalin did do great things in Russia and this is shown by Russia's ability to defend itself against Germany in the Second World War. He was though, the cause of many deaths in Russia and he certainly killed people to strengthen his power, so by using my knowledge of the period and the evidence provided in the source I have come to the conclusion that Stalin should be condemned as a mass murderer and a despotic tyrant. ...read more.

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