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G.C.S.E History Coursework - Stalin Question 1 From my study of the sources, I have concluded that Source A gives a negative impression of Stalin and his policies and that Source B is in support of Stalin. However Source C could be interpreted in two ways. In one way it could be perceived as Communist propaganda or on the other hand it could be seen as being neutral. However to fully understand these sources you have to know when, where and who compiled the sources. With all these factors accounted for, you will then be able to comprehend the impressions that he sources are trying to portray. Source A was drawn in the 1930's. It was published in Paris, the capital of the allied country of France. Source A portrays a negative view of Stalin. It enforces the idea that Stalin's policies resulted in mass death to the Russian people. The picture also has another meaning in that Stalin has no regard or respect for human life. Source A is biased. Stalin's paranoia led him to kill innocent people. Another factor why Stalin killed so many people was because there were a lot of states and regions within the Soviet Union. Stalin thought that with so many people in these areas not everyone would have taken him seriously. One of Stalin's tactics was to create a famine in the state of Ukraine. This area was very prosperous and vast in minerals. As a result of the famine, many thousands perished. This tactic which was deployed in Ukraine was to scare other states, it worked and so Stalin got what he wanted. Source A shows Stalin looking out on "skull pyramids". The skulls represent the dead whom which Stalin had executed because he perceived them to be a threat to his command. The dead were sorted into many different groups. The Jews, Kulaks and the thousands killed during the purges were all represented. ...read more.


It proves that if Stalin was this much suspicious towards innocent people of everyday life then how suspicious would he have been towards his own fellow party members, it beggars to believe. In this source Krushchev continues to inform us of how Stalin showed utter contempt and distrust towards his fellow party members. Trotsky, Bukharin, Zinoniev and Rykov were all examples of people in the Communist Party whom Stalin suspected of being plotting to take over him or were simply just more popular than he was. Using the information we currently possess on Stalin, it is very evident that Krushchev's analysis and interpretation of the mind of Stalin was very accurate. Krushchev's speech was administered three years after the death of Stalin, however he still had to be very cautious in how he conveyed his message towards his party members. Krushchev's method of revealing the good and the bad sides of Stalin's tactics was very intuitive. Krushchev referred to Stalin's methods as great but extremely harsh. Krushchev is very adamant to note that Stalin brought Russia from the depths of despair to become one of the biggest superpowers in the world. Krushchev also realises that Stalin has many supporters who are hardline and patriotic. The De-Stalinisation of Russia was the main objective set out by Krushchev if he was going to succeed on the same level as Lenin and Stalin. Krushchev believed that if Russia was going to precede its current economic status then it would have to gain links with the west. This was something that Stalin never managed to do. Stalin thought that Russia was of strong enough pedigree to provide for itself of its own resources. Some historians stated thatKkrushchev wanted to down Stalin and his policies, so that he himself could be given an eternal reputation. Krushchev felt that the more he was unlike Stalin, the more successful he would be. ...read more.


But the economic soar had to come at the cost of human prestige. The workers of Russian businesses worked immensly long hours to keep up with the ever lasting demands which were struck upon them by the urgency and insistence of Stalin. As a result many perished because of the poor conditions that they had to endure. If you were still alive and could not keep up with the demands of Stalin you were either killed or exiled. If you even spoke out against Stalin you were lambasted and then sent to labor camps to work for nothing to probably never live on to tell the tale. In analysis, the 30 million people who perished at the hands of Stalin were segregated into two groups. Those who opposed Stalin or those who Stalin thought opposed him. Stalin's enemies were the minorities, opposition to him and the Nationalists. Stalin believed that if you yourself believed in freedom then that would warrant death on your part. In turn this stopped people from thinking which led to brainwashing. In places which Stalin had not yet gained full authority e.g Ukraine and Georgia, he created major disasters there like food shortages and famines. He felt that people in these areas did not take him seriously and so he had to punish them. The extreme irony which can be derived from this act of folly is that the vast majority of people in these parts were in support of Stalin. It was his extreme paranoia which led him to carry out this act. By means of the two attitudes we have discussed on Stalin it is fervently evident that there are extreme flaws in making a decision about whether Stalin's methods of running Russia were successful or not. There is little doubt to whether he was a great leader o not but you have to take into account that he was a masquerading malicious rogue who ruled by oppression of human activity and needless killings of human innocents in vast totality. ?? ...read more.

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