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" Stalin was an evil dictator whose rule did nothing to improve Russia".

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" Stalin was an evil dictator whose rule did nothing to improve Russia" Joseph Stalin was a dictator of Russia, his plan was to revolutionise the country. During his reign he achieved his goal but at the cost of millions of lives. He imprisoned millions of his citizen, army and members of the communist party. Before stalin came to power, Russia had many problems. Low level of industry No Education Low food supply Water & sewage control Roads and railway So when stalin came to power he felt the country needed revolution or they would be left behind. Stalin was needed to revolutionise Russia but he ill-treated his power to become leader and exploited many people on his way there. Using the sources provided I have to reach a conclusion to find out whether " Stalin was an evil dictator whose rule did nothing to improve Russia" and if this statement is correct Source 'A' is a image of Joseph Stalin. The cartoonist has a negative opinion of Stalin; David Lowe thinks that Stalin is an dreadful leader as citizens of Russia have not got the independence of speech. The image shows Stalin attempting to perform suicide, as he was talking in his sleep. ...read more.

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for betraying the state. The image was intended to show the world how the real Russian lived and how they had been treated under the rule of Stalin. The picture shows what a real Russian village looked like. The image was taken in a village, where Stalin's government probably took over the local farms (collectivisation). The picture was produced during Stalin's rule over the country and most likely to have been taken in the 1930s when the nation suffered from famine. The image is a privately taken photograph, so it is likely that it isn't a propaganda picture as it shows Russian children suffering. I feel that it is more reliable than source 'd' as it not taken by the Russian information agency. This source is also a primary source, which makes it even more reliable. Source 'f' shows that in Russia they had no regard for human life. It gives a reference to a human corpse left at the work site of the lock at Belomorsk. A prisoner sent to the Gulags witnessed this corpse being shovelled into a concrete mixer. The piece of text was a eye witness account and was published to share his experience with the rest of the world. ...read more.

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He just took away citizen owned farms and made them government property (collectivisation) using power. Also he sent many loyal citizens away to gulags. However he also improved the country by building rail tracks and better transport. Also his citizens enjoyed free water supply; electricity and near to nothing rent. Further more he provided free health care and education. To conclude, I feel that Stalin improved Russia but at a great cost and disregard for human life. Throughout his regime the countries economy grew vastly and standard of life. I feel that because of his vision of the revolution, it makes Russia the world power it is today. Also I feel that he could have had more regard for the citizens whilst revolutionising the nation. His 5-year plans improved the country and in many ways made it what it is today (production of coal, steel, electricity, oil etc). Having said that weakened the country and nearly cost the nation a war. So in conclusion I have to say that Stalin was a evil dictator but without him Russia would not be a industrialised country. Therefore I do not fully agree with the statement " Stalin was an evil dictator whose rule did nothing to improve Russia". ...read more.

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