• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Stalin man or monster?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Source A is very different to sources B and C. Stalin is shown standing by pyramids 'visit Russia's pyramids'. The picture is symbolising the results of Stalin's policies in which many people died. Stalin is showing no emotion. Sources B and C are very similar in that they are both showing Stalin as a popular, liked man. In source B it shows him with some of the workers on a hydro-electric power station. Stalin looks very relaxed and casual standing with his hand in one pocket and holding his pipe. However, the painting is an official soviet painting so it was probably manipulated to make Stain look good with happy workers. Source C was taken by a soviet photographer so the picture was probably planned on purpose to show Stalin's popularity and to make it look like all the people adore him. Sources B and C give very similar impressions of Stalin, showing him as a loved man. Whereas source A gives the impression that he is a monster. Source D is a speech written by a writer to the congress of soviets in 1935. The speech was published in Pravda, the paper of the communist party. The fact that it was published in Russia in 1935 already tells us that this source has probably been manipulated in some way to make Stalin look better. The only reason people would lie about him is because they were terrified of him so they had no choice but to suck up to him or face execution. ...read more.

Middle

The trial was purely so Stalin could say, 'I gave them a chance'. Both sources are very similar in that they both give the same message, that Stalin was always in charge and that there would always be the same outcome in the verdict. Source I is from a biography of Stalin published in 1947 in Russia. This shows that what was written was probably fake or inaccurate as it was during the purges, meaning that the author had the fear of execution. Source J on the other hand was written in 1974 in Britain long after Stalin's rule. This means what is said about him is more likely to be true as there would be no fear of being prosecuted. Also the cold war was going on in 1974 so Britain was fighting against Russia. Yet I believe this could mean that the assessment is exaggerated because of Britain's dislike towards Russia at the time. Although we know they both disagree about Stalin we deduce this because of when and where they were written and our knowledge of what would happen to people who spoke out about Stalin. Most of the evidence shown in the sources points to Stalin as being a monster. After studying and analysing sources, A, D, E, F, G, H, and J, they all show or explain how evil, malicious and cruel Stalin was. It is only sources, B, C, D and I, which are either praising or supporting him and this is only because the artists or writers are either terrified or their assessments have been manipulated in some way from fear of execution. ...read more.

Conclusion

This would then continue on and on. On the other hand, it could be argued that there were things that Stalin did during his reign that did benefit Russia. During the war Stalin helped by co-ordinating the arms production and making sure everyone was fully equipped. He was also very good at bringing everyone together and motivating people to fight for their country. Although collectivisation was not a huge success it did increase some of the numbers of livestock and grain farmers were producing, which arguably means that the idea did work. He did also have some other achievements, such as: Turkestan-Siberian railroad, the Dneiper dam and the Belomor canal. Some of the sources do support Stalin and show him as an adored man. Even though we have been looking at how most of the assessments are likely to of been manipulated, Stalin would have had some followers that were with him and supported him when some of the pictures were taken. Throughout Stalin's reign there were many things that he did that were horrific and malicious that did make him a real monster and from the research that I have collected I believe him to be just that, yet there were some things that he did for Russia that were in his favour, the main one being that he did, at a heavy cost, bring Russia foreword along way, and that did make his seem like a real man. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Free essay

    History Assessment

    The KKK stands for the Ku Klux Klan. They were secret domestic militant organizations in the United States, generally in the southern states. They had a record of violence, terrorism and lynching to intimidate African Americans. The Ku Klux Klan was also formed to prevent freedom. White people in the south used to carry out lynching on black

  2. Stoke Bruerne: Canal lives

    many places right across the country, which also relates back to the fact that school became compulsory after 1817. Not only this, but the source also shows how difficult it must have been for children to receive a proper undisrupted education.

  1. Am I not a Man and a brother?

    Their fellow! They used the gun to kill us! Does it really matter what colour you are to be a good person? Nice negrons are as nice as nice whites; cruel negros are as cruel as cruel whites; intelligent whites are as clever as intelligent negros and stupid whites are as stupid

  2. Evacuation was a success

    The mean as a measure of average is higher for boys than for girls. Table 3 shows the estimated mean for boys to be 58.9kg and 50.5kg for girls. The box plot shows that the girls' inter-quartile range is 4.6kg less than the boys'.

  1. The following were equally important reasons why Stalin was able to hold on to ...

    The first of the great show trials involved sixteen 'old Bolsheviks' and hero's of the civil war including Kamenev and Zinoveiv were but on trial accused of being directly responsible for the assassination of Kirov. Later that year, Stalin again put Zionviev, Kamenev and Trotsky, even though he was living

  2. Explain why Stalin, and not Trotsky, emerged as Lenin's successor

    He told Trotsky an incorrect date, which was the 26th January, when in fact it was held on the 27th. Due to this Trotsky was not able to make it back to the funeral. This portrayed Trotsky as being ignorant and not caring about Lenin, and when Stalin was seen

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work