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Using The Sources And Your Own Knowledge Describe How Stalin Improved The Soviet Economy During The 5 Year Plans.

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Using The Sources And Your Own Knowledge Describe How Stalin Improved The Soviet Economy During The 5 Year Plans. Through out history many famous people have lived. One of the most famous dictators that have lived was Josef Stalin. Josef Stalin was born in 1879 in the Russian province of Georgia. His original name was Djugashuilli. Stalin became a leading communist after he helped defend the Bolshevik city of Tsaritsyn during the civil war and by 1929 he was the undisputed leader of the Communist Party and the dictator of Russia. Some sources show very clearly how poor production in Russia was before the first 5-year plan. For example Source A shows us the electricity production in 1927-28 was 5.05(thousand million kilowatt hours). Coal production was at the slow rate of 35.4(million tons). Oil production was just 11.7(million tons). Pig Iron was only 3.7(million tons) and Steel was at the low rate of 4.0(million tons). Also source B shows us that in 1929 Russia was far behind the U.S.A., Germany and the U.K. in the world of manufacturing output. They had at least 5% share of the output. When the first 5-year plan was passed the soviet economy was vastly improved. ...read more.

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Also in source F the Dean of Canterbury was visiting Moscow in 1939 he said, "There is no fear of wage reduction in a land were none are unemployed." The sources that suggest that Stalin's five-year plans were not a success are; Source D that suggests "The Tsars had developed a considerable industrial capacity" so in a sence all the hard work had been done before Stalin came into power so he should have no credit in helping Russia. Also sources G & I say that in order for Stalin to make Russia into a industrial power human sacrifices were necessary in order to achieve this, source G states "If a few million people had to perish in the process, history would forgive Comrade Stalin." Also by looking at source I the poster is accusing Stalin of building huge buildings at great human costs however looking back at that period in time there were was almost a certainty of death when building something as big as a Dam. DO SOURCES H AND I PROVIDE ANY USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT STALIN Sources H and I provide information about Stalin, some of which maybe true but also misleading. ...read more.

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Also I believe that Stalin should not have used his power to achive his own personal vendetta against his enemies. As vast amounts of people were needed to work in the remote inhospitable regions of the USSR where hardily anyone lived, in order to fulfil the demands for industrialisation. The prisoners built railways, roads and canals. In order to achieve his economic goals, Stalin was prepared to make sacrifices but not his own. He arrested thousands of people who questioned his methods and labelled them "wreckers" and accused them of endeavouring to stop the revolution. There were rewards for those who worked hard. However what made Stalin seem like a bloodthirsty tyrant was that not even the Red Army and the secret police (NKVD) were safe from these purges. Over 3,000 NKVD agents were killed and over 35,000 Army offices were shot or imprisoned. A purge on this scale sent shockwaves thought the whole Soviet Union. Between 1936 and 1953 the year Stalin died over 40,000,000 people were arrested as enemies of the state. About 25,000,000 of these people were executed or died because of overwork. The public were not aware of these deaths until 1988 when President Mikhail Gorbachev confirmed that nearly 20 million citizens had died as a direct result of these purges. ...read more.

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