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Stalin: Man or Monster? 1. Use sources A, B and C: Do these sources give similar or different impressions of Stalin? Source A clearly shows the negative side of Stalin, as the caption says "...Stalin and the results of his policies" This tells us, relating to the piles of skulls, that Stalin's policy wasn't as successful- the skulls were supposedly drawn to mean the vast amount of dead people in due to Stalin's terror policy. This obviously tells us that Stalin was ruthless, and he did everything, even "sacrificing" his own people, to gain absolute power and totalitarian rule over the Soviet Union. Source B shows Stalin as a good leader, who gets out and meets with the workers and is happy, for we see both Stalin and the workers smiling. - This shows, although in the caption it states, "An official Soviet painting", good impression of Stalin. However the caption tells us that it is clearly a propaganda image, an example of Socialist Realist paintings. ...read more.

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Source D is "written by Stalin in 1945" so straight away we expect something biased and propaganda-like. However we cannot say this is useless because it is biased, it still quotes Stalin and shows what kind of person he was. In this source, we can see how Stalin is trying to make people think he is a "nice" leader who care about people's lives. However historically, we know that this is not true- according to the deaths of millions of Russian people and his well known "corrupt" policies. On the other hand, this also shows that there was a reason Stalin decided to write this, it might have been the reason that he had hidden enemies or his "fame" had cooled and made him feel insecure and wanted the more, and secure attention from the public. Stalin was more than capable of lying to his people just to get more heads turned to him when he's making a point. ...read more.

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From historical facts, we know that nothing in the text is true about Stalin. However we see Stalin has managed to make he look like a God, this shows an example "Cult of personality". Source F shows Bukharin showing his negative feelings towards Stalin and criticizing his evil "policy". This is after he "fell into disgrace in 1929" so this is reliable in terms of Bukharin now being an "enemy" of Stalin and having his own freedom of expressing his point of view. However there is a possibility of being exaggerated because he is talking with hatred - "He is a narrow-minded, malicious man, no, not a man, but a devil" Between the two sources, source F is more reliable for those words come out from Bukharin's pure mind, without any force on his back. However source E is surely affected by a greater force and an example of how Stalin controlled ideas. Shin Young Park Year 10 History coursework (rough work) 1 ...read more.

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