Stalin was not a saviour of USSR. Even though he encouraged equal rights for the women in the state, he still killed many inncent peasants and people even though they did not commit any crime at all. He brainwashed people to think that he was a great leader and his leadership was the reason for the state's success. Many people could not live peacefully at all due to the constant fear of being taken away by the secret police. The economy of the state was very poor as the grain harvest dropped greatly. Therefore, Stalin was not a saviour of USSR.
This source shows two people holding out a head on a plate while looking very scared to Stalin. Stalin wanted to eliminate his enemies and remove any domestic opposition to the Soveit government between 1934 and 1938. I chose this source as it showed how Stalin could use his power to eliminate the innocent without fail. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR.
This source shows an officer shooting two men. Stalin wanted to eliminate anyone that threatened his power. Thousands were idenitified and accused of being Trotsky's supporters who were involved in the plot to murder Kirov and other leading communists. Those who were tried often confessed to crimes they did not commit, after being tortured or having their families threatened. Millions of people were killed or taken into prison. This also affected the Red Army as Stalin was also suspicious of them. I chose this source as it showed how cruel Stalin was and that he killed many inncent people. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR.
This political cartoon shows Stalin pouring propagande all over the world. Stalin used propagande extensively to build up his own profile as the rightful successor to Lenin. Pictures and propagande posters of Stalin were placed everywhere. All the achievements and successes of the Soviet Union were cerdited to Stalin's leadership. I chose this source as it clearly showed that Stalin flooded everywhere with his propagande just to win the support from the people in the state. People were forced to believe that Stalin was a great leader and a father to them. This shows that Stalin's rule was beneficial to the USSR.
This video shows that men and women were constantly living in fear due to the sceret police that Stalin had. The secret polic had informers everywhere, and the slightest indication of anti-Stalin sentiments could warrant an arrest. If people stood out for the wrong reasons or upsets officials, they could fall victim to the secret police, and sent to forced labour camps or even killed. I chose this video as the person that was talking in this video had clearly said that men and women would be escorted to their deaths by the secret police at the Stalin's Soviet Union. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR.
This source shows many women holding up pictures of Stalin's face while marching. As Stalin's industrialisation efforts encouraged women to enter the workforce and become productive members of the economy, the women were in debt to Stalin. I chose this source as it showed that women could have more control over their own lives wihtout the interference from their husbands. This shows that Stalin's rule was beneficial to the USSR.
This source shows the results of the famine that happened in the Soviet Union in the 1932. The farmers during that time could not keep the produce for themselves as those farms were owned by the state. Even though the farmers tried to hide their harvest so that they had something to consume, their produce were still forcibly taken away by the Party officials. During the Great Famine, the state did not distribute its stockpiled grain but sold the grain overeseas to raise funds for more machinery and development. The result of this was millions of pesants dying of starvation as said in the heading of this source, "Delibrate Starvarion of pesants". I chose this source as it showed how Stalin only cared for the devlopment of the state and not the people in it. Even if Stalin had to sarcrifice millions of lives, if it could boost the development of the state, he wouold still do it. This shows that Stalin's rule was not beneficial to the USSR.