This source is an online article. It tells us all about Stalin's policy of "Forced Collectivisation" which was to merge all farms into kolkhozy by force. It shows how much of a failure this policy was and how it badly affected USSR's agricultural sector and people lives. I choose this source as it has a clear timeline of event documenting the downfall of this policy with clear statistics and facts to back it up. This source showed that under Stalin's rule, USSR's agriculture sector was a complete mess and was unable to reap significant profits or provide enough food which lead to reactions such as stealing,rioting and starving from the people. This source showed that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for USSR due to the failure of his collectivization plan which lead to poverty,famine and deaths.
This source is an online article is about life under Stalin. This source about how the Soviets suffered under Stalin's rule. Stalin introduced state control of society which resulted in the fall in standard of living. Housing remained a great problem for Stalin’s Russia. In Moscow, only 6% of households had more than one room. Those apartments that were put up quickly, were shoddy by western standards.Flats were built without electric sockets despite electricity being available. Although healthcare was made available, the supply was not able to meet the demand. Production of goods also slowly slowed down under Stalin rule USSR's agriculture was at the same level in 1939 as in 1928 with a 40 million increased population which lead to famine causing thousands upon thousands of death. Welfare was also not taken into consideration as USSR focused mainly on war efforts and collectivization. I choose this source as it gave us a clear idea of how Stalin's society was functioning under him and it was backed with stats and facts. Stalin's rule was not beneficial for USSR as due to the failure and negligence of his " 5 year plan " many people lost their lives.
This source is a video showing us the political situation under Stalin's rule. This source shows how Stalin manipulated the rules and threaten others to consolidate his power in USSR by eliminating all enemies using methods such as show trials. I chose this as it has interviews with people who had first hand experience of the events that were happening at that time which makes the viewing for authentic and factual. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial towards the USSR as people who dared challenged Stalin were arrested,questioned or forced to give false statements after which they would be killed or sent to labour camps. According to the video, people were so afraid of Stalin that went he gave a speech he usually receives long orations as no one dared to be seen as the first one to stop clapping. His acts resulted in the lack of intellectuals, competent politicians and skilled workers which greatly hindered the strength of USSR.
This source is a political cartoon showing us the impact of propaganda had under Stalin's. This political cartoon shows Stalin pouring a tin of oil all over USSR and the globe labelled as " Red Propaganda". It aims to tell us the excessive usage of propaganda by Stalin to spread his ideology and that it was not just spreading to USSR but to all of the world. I chose this source as it gives us an idea of what they Soviet citizens were dealing with at that point in time as there was an heavy influx of propaganda from Stalin. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for USSR as this was just among the many propaganda used extensively to build up Stalin's profile as a rightful successor to to Lenin. Under his rule, large portions of actual facts and history was distorted to boost Stalin's reputation. Propaganda was also used to frame the enemies and prevent almost all opposition. This resulted in a contorted view of reality for many Soviet citizens back then.
This source an image showing us the deaths under Stalin rule. Anyone who dared challenge Stalin was silenced one way or another and death was common.Stalin had a secret police and informers almost everywhere. Anti-Stalin acts not matter how small could cause an arrest and could be punishable by death, show trials, interrogations or labour camps. The Great Terror from 1934 to 1938 was a great example where Stalin eliminated all his opponents to consolidate power. I chose this source as it is a visual and graphic example of what was going on back then. This source showed that Stalin rule was not beneficial towards USSR as people were constantly living in fear and were unable to function properly as a society which to people rioting and sabotaging state goods,
This source is a chart depicting information of the USSR economy growth under Stalin's rule. This is a postcard distributed by the Soviet Union in order to highlight growth during the Five Year Plans. This source generally shows the growth of the nation under Stalin's rule proving that there was rapid industrialisation going on from 1928 to 1937. I choose this source as it was a graphic representation and was easy to comprehend and had icons to show the difference which made the information given by the source was easier to understand. This source shows us that under Stalin rule that natural or man-made materials were steadily increasing which gave people jobs at factories. Under Stalin, there was a clear emphasis of development of goods which brought about profit was the nation thus showing that the Stalin rule was indeed beneficial to its economy as there was a massive production of good and jobs which both brought about profits.
From my source research, i have concluded that Stalin is not a saviour of the USSR as his actions brought more harm than good to the USSR. His " 5 year plan" had mixed success. On one hand, the idea for rapid industrialisation was very successful as many factories were set up to produce goods for war preparation which was a great success as many people and the country was more industrialised meaning there was more jobs and profit for USSR. But on the other hand, the collectivization was a massive failure as agriculture produced by state farms were not enough to fed everyone which resulted in famine and fall in standard of living among Soviets. Under Stalin, a lot of things were under state control and available content were restricted. Secret police was also everywhere which made people live in fear and society was unable to function properly. There was also the Great Terror (1934-1938) where many people from high ranking officials to ordinary citizens who were suspected anti-Stalin were killed were cause society to malfunction i many ways and affect the strength of USSR. In conclusion,, Stalin's rule brought more harm than profits thus he was not a saviour of the USSR.