This source shows the man who had made 102 tonnes of coal in a single shift and was hailed as a hero to the nation. Stalin created a campaign that upholds the people who uphold such achievements like Alex and were awarded higher pay and better housing . It spurred more to exceed their targets at first but the initial enthusiasm soon gave way to the realities on the ground. The pressure to meet up with expectations as well as the oppression faced by those who failed to do so caused many to feel pessimistic and disgruntled with the Five Year Plans, This source tells us that through Stalin's programmes, it had a negative impact of the people in the end. From this source , I can tell that Stalin's rule did not benefit the USSR as people were unhappy with the treatment they get for not keeping up to the states standards or meeting quotas . It caused a negative psychological impact on the USSR people and they did not seem to be happy with his ideas.Thus, Stalin's rule did not benefit the USSR.
Extract from a drama-documentary using Magnitogorsk as an example of Stalin's wider 5 Year Plans.The working conditions were harsh, there would be accidents everyday.They only had only black bread to fill their stomachs and they worked in the cold Russian winters to build the blast furnace. When it was completed,they set to start producing metal immediately. Tanks and war machines were made at a rapid pace and it had served them well during the war with Germany , defeating them . This source talks about how people felt during this time and how the blast furnace was used for.From this source , I can tell that Stalin's rule was beneficial for the USSR as if it wasn't for Stalin's rapid industrialisation, the country would not have been prepared for the war against Germany, although the process for preparation for war was rather ruthless as Stalin did not care about the well being of his people in order to produce materials he needed for the war against any capitalist country ready to attack USSR.Though people died for the cause, the later generations have better lives thanks to them.Thus, from this source, Stalin's rule was beneficial for the USSR future generations socially and economically thanks to the rapid industrialisation by Stalin's ideology.
This source is about how many people have died under Stalin's orders as the source shows him received reports from the secret police, papers for exiled people who he defines as traitors to USSR or kills them after they have gone through show trials with false accusations and evidence to give them the death penalty. These were measures taken by Stalin to prevent opposition against him and made sure the people were to do things without asking questions and meet ludicrous targets for production in fear of being ended up like those who have died. This source is more towards the social impact as show trials have served their purpose of silencing of opposition and it went even further to targeting innocent people for are thought to be against Stalin though it may not be true. The secret police had informers and quotas to fill to how many were to killed or imprisoned set by Stalin himself and secret police were even targeting themselves.People lived in fear and with no one the could trust as a result as anyone could be turned in by the secret police.This was not beneficial for the USSR in anyway it was under Stalin's rule as they constantly living in fear of falling victim to the secret police as all it takes is to stand out for the wrong reasons and they can be sent to forced labour camps or even killed.That is not the only thing they have to worry about as they can end up murdered in the middle of the night or being sent to exile condemning them to death or long years separated from loves ones if they are not careful or just unlucky. Thus , this shows that Stalin's ruling was not beneficial for the USSR.
This source tells us that Stalin's methods of meeting his agricultural targets were very ruthless as we can see that one of the workers is completely exhausted from doing manual labour on what looks like infertile land while the others are looking at the other side of the fence seeing farmers using tractors to help them with their farming on better soil than theirs. This source talks about the how the workers are feeling towards Stalin's ways of getting things done and they are not happy with it.From this source I can tell that Stalin's rule did not benefit the USSR as the people are going through a lot of hardships and from my contextual knowledge , the Kulaks or the rich farmers had burned their land and killed their animals as they opposed Stalin's idea of collectivisation. The lands was not fit for farming, produce was not much and animal population loss were not recovered until after World War 2, which in the end contributed to the Great Famine in 1932.Thus, I conclude that Stalin's rule was not beneficial as people could have better working conditions but Stalin did not concern himself with his people well being, only focused to collect the grain it needed to fund the industrial towns and export them to buy industrial equipment.
In 7.05 - 9.30 minutes of the video , its talks about Stalin's Five Year plans. When its first plan focused on heavy industry, output increased dramatically and worker numbers increased from 5 million to 23 million, the world was suffering from the great depression , Russia did not face unemployment and everyone had a job though it came at the cost of working in appalling conditions, the second five year plan was meant to give people consumer goods changed to focusing on bullets and war machines as the threat of war with Germany came. A propaganda campaign was organised to increase productivity , with failure to meet targets was to be punished while achievers which made past their target were rewarded higher pay and better housing.Output increased again although it is suspected as factory managers falsified records to avoid punishment. The reason I chose this source is to talk about the economic impact of the Five Year Plans Stalin introduced.In my opinion, the Five Year Plans introduced was beneficial to the USSR in terms of economics as when the Great Depression happened , Russia was not affected by it and the productivity output from the country increased along with the fact that everyone had a job.They did not need to worry about earning money as they were paid although the working conditions were terrible.Thus , I feel that Stalin's rule was beneficial as without his Five Year Plans, the USSR would have been suffering from the Great Depression as well.
Stalin created Five year plans to modernise the Soviet Union and achieve the same economic and military levels as the Western powers .The first two Five year plans focused on agricultural and industrial targets, the state controlled the use of the agricultural produce from collective farms and when the Great Famine in 1932 happened, the state did not distribute its stockpiled grain but sold it overseas to raise funds for more industrial machinery and development, causing the death of nearly 7 million people, This source (taken from http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/millions-of-ukrainian-peasants-starved-to-death-under-brutal-famine-imposed-by-joseph-stalin/news-story/365241687aa6bac8e4c4b29caa1bb803) is chosen to describe how life was for the people who was under Stalin's ruling as it is under the social impact of his rule.I can tell that from this picture Stalin's rule was not beneficial for the USSR as he had starved millions to death for his ideology of rapid industrialisation.
I conclude that Stalin did not benefit the USSR overall as millions of people were killed by his methods of achieving rapid industrialisation and were living in fear as a result.Though it is arguable to say that he had to do this to protect his country as he had won the war against Germany as a result of his ruthless methods but I believed he could have achieved the same results through different methods and not kill innocent people in purges to win the war against Germany.