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Stalin:man or monster

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T oStalin - Man or Monster 5. Throughout Stalin's reign, he had his supporters; however, he had far more people who despised him. Stalin was a very suspicious and paranoid man, as Khrushchev told us, and this only grew as his time in power grew to a close. Five out of the 10 sources are against him and four are pro Stalin. One source gives good and bad about Stalin. The sources that show Stalin in a good light are mainly ones that have almost certainly been ordered by Stalin himself. He was a man who believed he could never be wrong and wouldn't let anyone be seen to be more intelligent or powerful than he was. He wanted everyone to believe his ideas, he wanted everyone to admire his ambitions and he wanted everyone to love him. Stalin wanted himself to be pictured as a god or the closest one can get to perfection. Stalin was a cruel leader, but by no means a bad one. The sources don't manage to cover all the detail, but Stalin managed to change the face of Russia. ...read more.

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They didn't want to be sent to labour camps or be shot. Stalin brought about so much misery and depression too. Many families and family members were shot, so the existing family would be angry and resentful to him, and through this manner, he gained very little genuine popularity. Any that were prepared to stand up to him were sent to labour camps, often in extremely harsh parts of Russia, working under harsh conditions. Source A shows Stalin standing in front of pyramids of skulls. He doesn't look hurt or even remorse about the fact he has brought about the death of enough people to make pyramids. He looks unbothered and casual about the fact he's seen and ordered the end of so many innocent lives. These acts of evil are admitted by Bukharin when he gave a speech about Stalin in Paris 1936. 'If someone speaks better than him, that man is for it'. Bukharin is telling us what happened in Stalin's reign. Stalin wanted to be the best, the first. ...read more.

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Just by the way he is standing, he radiates confidence and supremacy. Often, similar paintings like this one would appear in papers or just anywhere, showing Stalin either doing well or being honourable or pictures of him striking impressive poses, like the next source. Source C shows Stalin congratulating the wives of army men. It's showing that he does actually have a heart, which was the aim of the pictures In conclusion, I think that overall these sources show Stalin as a monster. Despite a few successes like the industrialisation of Russian and collectivisation, he managed those whilst slaughtering so many lives. He had innocent people killed because they thought badly of him. He had people sent to labour camps because they believed something different from him. He would destroy someone and often their family's lives if they made themselves out to be cleverer than him. Stalin used his power to kill his despisers and create an image of himself. The majority of the sources that are positive about Stalin are most likely ordered by him. The sources make him out as a monster. ...read more.

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