The source showed how USSR industrialised under Stalin's rule and how USSR was catching up to the rest of the world due to their rapid industrialisation while the rest of the world was hit by The Great Depression. The source showed how workers were inspired to work extremely hard and the high quotas set by the states for the factories. The source also showed how collectivisation devastated the agricultural sector of USSR and how it caused food shortages. I chose this source as it shows both the benefits and disadvantages of the 5 year plan and is quite unbiased. This source shows that there were both benefits and disadvantages of the 5 year plan, thus, showing that there are positive and negative effects of Stalin's rule
The source states that "5 year plan in 4 years" which shows that Stalin wanted the 5 year plan to be completed as soon as possible. The source also depicts an USSR soldier defending against the capitalist enemies of USSR. This tells me that industrialisation is necessary for the USSR to be able to fight off its multiple enemies. I chose this source as it did not only show Stalin's intents but why he did what he did. From this source, I can tell that Stalin's rule was beneficial to USSR as he made USSR to industrialise quickly to be able to fight off its enemies.
This source shows the effects of Collectivism. There has been a huge drop in the number of both consumption of food and livestock in 1928 and 1932. I chose this source as it shows clear statistics on how Stalin's policies affected the agricultural sector of USSR. This shows that Stalin's economic policy of collectivism did not benefit USSR but instead caused the number of lifestocks to decrease and less food to produced, devastating the agricultural sector of USSR.
This source showed that there was widespread famines in USSR due to Stalin's policy. It also showed that Stalin's policy caused food shortages by " killed the bread supply". At the bottom of the newspaper, the source also mentioned that there are child beggars in Moscow which indicates that there is a fall in standard of living I chose this source as it showed me how Stalin's policies affected the USSR and what effects did it have on USSR. This source showed that Stalin was not beneficial towards USSR as he caused a famine by destroying the agricultural sector through his policies and also caused a fall in the standard of living, causing even children to beg for money and food.
This image shows a women working in a factory. This tells me that there has been a great advancement in the equality of women in USSR as women are allowed to work to help in USSR's industrialisation efforts and work in factories. I chose this source as it shows that women were allowed to work in factories, doing the same jobs as men did (the men in the background are using the same machine). This shows that Stalin's rule is beneficial to USSR as it allowed for equality in gender which allowed the women many rights that were not available to them in the past.
The source shows Stalin promoting the "pyramids of USSR" using the words "come visit the pyramids of USSR". The pyramids are made of skulls which is most likely caused by Stalin's purges or his policies which caused many to die. This means that Stalin caused many deaths in USSR and people have to live in fear of dying. I chose this source as it showed me the real extent of Stalin's killings and allowed me to learn that Stalin has killed so much people. This source shows that Stalin was not beneficial to USSR as he killed many people and caused the population to live in the fear of getting killed any time.
Stalin was a saviour of USSR as he helped the country rapidly industrialise and catch up to the rest of the world while they were hit by the Great Depression. His actions also allowed him to be able to fight off capitalist enemies and his industrialisation allowed USSR to be able to fight off Nazi Germany during WW2. He also advanced the rights of women which allowed them to do things that they were previously not allowed to do. However, he devastated the agricultural sector of USSR which would not recover for a long period of time and he caused a famine which killed millions of people. A drop in the standard of living was also recorded during his rule and people had to live in the fear of dying due to his purges and policies