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Stalin - Man or Monster?

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  • Submitted: 20/11/2003
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GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941

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Stalin's Russia Source Coursework

Depth Study B: Russia 1905 - 1941

Assignment B: Objective 3

Stalin: Man or Monster?

1) Study Sources A, B and C.

Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin?

Explain your answer. (6)

These sources give different impressions of Stalin, however there are some similarities.

Source A is a cartoon published in Paris in the 1930´s. It shows Stalin and the results of his policies according to the artist. The cartoon features Stalin showing three pyramids of skulls as if he was a tour guide. The caption under reads, "Visitez L´URSS ses pyramides!" This translates to, "Visit the pyramids of the USSR!"

This source is very famous and was drawn by an exiled Russian, therefore the artist could be bitter and biased against Stalin and his policies.

Source B is an official Soviet painting of Stalin with workers at a hydroelectric power station in the 1930´s. It is trying to show the results of industrialization. It shows Stalin talking to the workers, they seem very proud to be meeting Stalin. Because it is an official Soviet painting it is very likely to

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