DBQ Essay Response
Stalin: Evaluation of His Leadership
Joseph Stalin was a Russian Hitler, maybe even a little worse. During the time that Stalin was in control of Russia, he turned the Soviet Union into a modern super power. He did this by dramatically improving the Russian economy with his Five Year Plans. Stalin used many methods to break the Russian people. He also changed amount of industrial and agricultural buildup with his policy of collectivization. He organized purges against his own people. To make progress efficient and real he achieved total control of the U.S.S.R. Stalin made some prenominal changes in the Soviet Union.
Stalin modernized the economy by setting up the Five-Year Plan. In document 1, Stalin’s speech uses manipulative tactics to convince the Russian people of his plans. Stalin was trying to push the people so Russia could be considered an advanced country. He wanted to make up the difference between the advanced countries and Russia in 10 years. He said, “Either we do it, or we shall all be crushed”. Stalin’s Five-Year Plans set advanced production goals for heavy industry and transportation. Contradictory changes Stalin made were to join on production in land by the collectivization policy. Document 4 shows how he plotted to do this by joining small peasant farms to feed Russia and eliminate the Kulaks who were wealthy farmers.
During the first Five Year Plan, the livestock count went from 33 to 16 million. During the second Five-Year Plan, livestock went up slightly from 16 million to 17 million. Wheat production went up and down from 25 to 18 million between the years 1928-1937. Throughout the Second Five-Year Plan, wheat product ion did increase to about 50 million tons, which shows a giant increase. The Second Five-Year Plan seemed more successful for farming than livestock. With the changes of collectivizing, he used methods that some might say seemed unfair. The results of farm