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Was Stalin a saviour of the USSR?

This online digital magazine aims to find out whether Stalin helped to improve the situation during the USSR or made it even worse.

Stalin's Social impact:Famine

Stalin's Social impact:Famine

This video shows that many kulak's valuables were confiscated by the state and 3 million of them died in exile or were killed furthermore, they did not want collectivisation and even killed their livestock just to make sure that the state could not take it away from them,which led to the Great Famine of 1932-1933 killing even more people. This shows the hardships that people had to endure during Stalin's ruling of the USSR. Therefore, this source is chosen as it clearly illustrated the social impact of Stalin's USSR where many people were not happy with what he wanted and also shows that many people died because of him.This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR because many people were living in fear and anger. Furthermore, they did not have any freedom and many people also died due to what Stalin wanted.

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Stalin's Political impact: The use of propaganda

Stalin's Political impact: The use of propaganda

This picture shows Stalin who looks powerful and benevolent.
He expected love and worship to him rather than respect and obedience and held huge rallies in his honour which made people think that he is a powerful and good person so that he could gain their support. I chose this source as it clearly illustrated another political impact of Stalin's USSR. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR because he wanted control over people and brainwashed them into thinking that he was a good ruler for them which shows how much people had no freedom.

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Stalin's Social Impact:State control of society

Stalin's Social Impact:State control of society

This picture shows people cheering for stalin and most of the pictures were of him . This shows that photographs were edited to remove the appearance of his rivals and to glorify his significance which shows that all the mass media (radio, films, television) were controlled by the state and were only allowed to promote the Stalinist message which made people lose their freedom because Stalin was everything and even if they wanted to disagree they would not be able to do so as they will be killed.This source is chosen because it clearly illustrated the social impact of Stalin's USSR. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR because it meant that people lost their freedom as everything was controlled by him.Furthermore, people had no say against him and would be killed if they were opposing or thought to have opposed against him which would make people live in fear.

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Stalin's Political impact: Purges and show trials

Stalin's Political impact: Purges and show trials

This political cartoon shows how Stalin used purges and show trials to consolidate his power and to get rid of any opposition which made others fear him and assured their loyalty to him. I chose this source as it clearly illustrated one of the political impacts of Stalin's USSR. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR because he killed many people just to gain their loyalty and made sure that he had full control.

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Stalins's Social impact:Living in fear

Stalins's Social impact:Living in fear

This political cartoon shows Stalin showing people the Great Pyramid which is full of skulls which shows that many people were killed and lived in fear because of the Great Terror.Furthermore,Stalin has an nonchalant expression on his face which shows that he does not care much about those people who he killed which shows how cruel he his. This source is chosen because it clearly illustrated the social impact of Stalin's USSR where many people died and lived in fear. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR because many lives were lost because of him and many people lived in fear because of the way he controlled the country.

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Stalin's Political impact: Propaganda-cult of the leader

Stalin's Political impact: Propaganda-cult of the leader

This picture shows Stalin carrying a baby who is carrying the Soviet Union flag which shows that Stalin is the father of Soviet Union it acts as a propaganda to show that Stalin is a great leader so that people will be supportive of him. I chose this source because it clearly illustrated the political impact of Stalin's USSR. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR because he is depicted as someone he is not which will make people perceive him as a good and nice person when he is not so people will be brainwashed into thinking that he is good and will support him, whereby they will lose their freedom.

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Was Stalin a saviour of the USSR?

Was Stalin a saviour of the USSR?

In conclusion, I feel that Stalin was not a saviour of the USSR. This is because even though he did help to increase the USSR's economical situation at that time, but he did many more evil things than good things just so people do not oppose him so that he could have full control over them. During the Great Famine, money which was collected from taking the grains from the people was not given to them instead, it was used for industrial development to boost the USSR's economy which led to the deaths of over 7 million peasants.Furthermore, there were purges and show trials of people who were of threat or disloyal or opposed Stalin. This made the rest of the people to be forced to be loyal to him which made them live in fear and also lose their freedom. Many intellectuals were also killed as they were smart and might organise a revolution against Stalin so, Stalin killed them so there was less threat to him.However, these killings led to goods produced having lower quality and also weak leadership in the army. Thus, Stalin was not a saviour of the USSR because he made many people die, live in fear,brainwashed them and even lose their freedom just so he could ensure that people were loyal to him.

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