This source shows a baby being held by Stalin. The baby looks to be at peace and is holding the Soviet government flag and white flowers in the other. This photo shows how Stalin was perceived to be the father of his people. He built up his own profile as the rightful successor and he used propaganda such as the above posters to show the public how he could be such a kind and fatherly figure to the baby which represents his people. This also showed how Stalin used such propaganda to create a good image of him and how he brainwashed his people to believe that he is the only next rightful successor and that he would be a great leader. This source was chosen as it shows how Stalin used such posters to show and encourage the public to support him using the created image of him. Hence, this source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR as he deceived his people just to gain more power and support.
This source shows different political rivals of Stalin on as pigs. These rivals include Rykov and Trotsky. They are described as pigs in the source as pigs are usually slaughtered for mankind to eat, whereas, in this source, these rivals are represented as pigs as they are to feed Stalin's power in the government. Once Stalin removes these opponents, his power would be much more consolidated. Hence this source shows how Stalin conducted purge and show trials during The Great Terror to eliminate such political figures to protect his position. This source was chosen as it represents how the opposition was like to Stalin and how Stalin treated them. Stalin slaughtered them like pigs to feed his power in the government as to how a person feeds on meat to gain energy. This source shows that Stalin's role was not beneficial for the USSR.
This source shows Stalin and pyramids of skulls. The words on the poster are translated to be "visit the pyramid of the Soviet Union". The skulls belong to the people whom Stalin executed. During this period of time called The Great Terror from 1934-1938, there were many show trials, arrests and interrogations, widespread police surveillance and executions. Many of the executed included political figures that were accused of conspiracy to overthrow the Soviet Government and other commoners which were found guilty of other crimes in that period of time. This source was chosen as it shows Stalin incited terror in people using purge and show trials and other methods. Also, this source shows how innocent people were eliminated just for Stalin's good and convenience. Hence this source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR.
This source shows a group of farmers protesting against collectivisation. Not all farmers were happy with the collectivisation as they wanted to maintain their own farms and did not want to merge with any other people. This source was chosen as it shows how some of the farmers were not willing to follow collectivisation as the state wanted. However, the state did not listen to the pleas of the farmers and hence resulting in protests. Collectivisation has spiked unhappiness within the public and farming community. This source shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR.
This source shows an advertisement which shows many farmers using modern-day farming mechanisms. The farmers were smiling, which shows their happiness with the appearance of such equipment that made their farming lives much easier and this also ensured that they could harvest more stock with even less manpower. This source was chosen as it highlights how the state helped out with the industrialisation of the farming industry. This source shows that Stalin's rule was beneficial for the USSR.
Even though this website was not a website on the Five-Year Plans by the Soviet Union, it featured a postcard distributed by the Soviet Union. This source highlights the growth of the farming industry during the Five-Year Plans. The source has shown how much the farm conditions had improved and how industrialised it was slowly becoming. The number of farms increased, so did the amount of mechanism used to carry the heavy workload that also led to an increase in the amount of stock the farm could have. More land was also cleared for farming. I chose this source as this shows how the Five-Year Plans have helped to industrialise farms greatly and how reduced manpower with more mechanism can have more stock as well. Hence, this source shows that Stalin's rule was beneficial for the USSR.