In conclusion, Stalin was a saviour of the USSR. Although Stalin caused many to starve, he built many factories and industries so that the economy will improve and the standards of living of the people will be better. Because of this, many jobs were created. His organisation of the communist party contributed greatly to the USSR winning the war. He planned how he would work collectivisation and knew he had to set high targets to get high results, he also knew he had to be harsh to get such high standards. Women can also join the workforce which shows that he gave equal rights to both men and women.
This video shows how peasants lives were when the state controlled the use of agricultural produce from collective farms. I chose this video as it shows how starved these people were under Stalin's rule and thus they died due to extreme shortage of food. This period of famine lasted until 1934.
This cartoon shows Stalin who is looking much bigger and family who is smaller and skinnier sitting on a dining table. Stalin seems to be eating a hearty meal whilst the family doesn't have any food and is looking famished. Stalin also have a merciless look on his face as if to show that he doesn't care that his people were starving. I chose this cartoon as it shows that peasants starved under Stalin's rule as farmers couldn't keep their produce for themselves as the state sold the grains overseas to raise funds for more industrial machinery and development. This led to extreme shortage of food which left seven million peasants to die of starvation. It also tells me that Stalin cared more about the growth of the economy and industry rather than the well-being of his people.
This photo shows an article of how there was famine in the soviet. I chose this picture as it depicts how serious starvation was. It says, 'Peasants' crops seized, they and their animals starve.' The ambitious agricultural targets of the Five-Year plans meant that grain and produce were collected at the expense of the farmers. Even though many attempted to hide their produce, they were forcibly taken by the Part officals.
This photo shows Soviet women at work. I chose this photo as it tells me that women can join the workforce and become productive members of the economy during Stalin's industrialisation efforts. In 1936, abortion was made illegal in order to protect motherhood and childhood. As a result, Soviet women were expected to fulfill both the roles of worker and housewife.
This video shows how Stalin's Five-Year Plans went about. I chose this video as it shows how life rapid industrialisation and collectivisation was carried out. For the 1st and 2nd Five-Year plan, there was minimal growth but there was a general increase in industrial output for the 3rd Five-Year plan. As they persisted, rapid industrialisation led them to industrialise quickly enough to defeat the Nazi invasion in World War II.
This photo shows different farm owners merging their small individual farms of the Soviet Union into larger collective farms, or kolkhozy. I chose this photo as it shows that collectivisation was a part of Stalin's Five-Year plan. Collectivisation aids Stalin's aim of rapid industrialisation and promises a secure food supply for factory workers. As farming becomes more efficient, manpower for new factories were found as peasants left the countryside.
This cartoon shows several uniformed workers hard at work in a factory. I chose this cartoon as it shows the rapid industrialisation of the Soviet Union which was part of Stalin's Five-Year plan. The factories produced equipment for the mechanisation of farming such as tractors. With equipments like these, fewer farm workers were needed and they could become factory workers instead. Hundreds of new factories were built and the industrial workforce had expanded.