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  • Stalin was not a good man, but a good leader.

    When Stalin became leader in 1929, he gained control of a backwards country that was plagued by poverty, economic troubles, and the threat of Germany. Through his series of 5-year plans, Stalin brought unemployment to a negligible level, and drastically improved industrial output. He alternated between a focus on war material and the production of consumer goods. Through his impressive economic reforms, Stalin allowed the USSR to defeat Germany at the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk, two momentous battles that proved pivotal in the war. Stalin's methods may have been merciless, but he is recognized as one of history's most powerful leaders, and transformed the Soviet Union into a superpower to rival the United States.

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  • Yes, I believe Stalin was a good leader.

    I believe Stalin was a good leader because, he did not act solely as a dictator. Stalin set up a soviet command. Which gave people the confidence to disagree with Stalin without risking their lives. His impact on "World War 2" cannot be understated, he overcame the German attacks, and ultimately defeated them.

  • Stalin's innate paranoia prevented him from being a good dictator.

    There is no doubt that Stalin had absolute power; he was involved in all key policy decisions, he could order the construction of vast projects, and he could send millions of people to the Gulag, BUT Russian society at the time was not passive and it did not lend itself to manipulation. If people didn't like a policy, they formed unions and committees to protest against it and it was this constant hostility that made Stalin paranoid. The only way he knew how to react to opposition was murder and this, in turn, exacerbated his growing unpopularity. Although Stalin had absolute power, he failed to utilise it correctly, and society was quick to realise. Stalin was a bad dictator because he could never get a good grip on his society.

  • Stalin was cold and merciless

    I feel that Joseph Stalin was not a good leader because he did not care very much about his people. While he was USSR's leader, he used secret police as a way to maintain his control over the people. People who worked in the industry had to do a lot of work for little pay. The prices of many items, such as food and fuel, were high during his time as the leader. Stalin also starved many people.

  • Stalin was cold and merciless

    I feel that Joseph Stalin was not a good leader because he did not care very much about his people. While he was USSR's leader, he used secret police as a way to maintain his control over the people. People who worked in the industry had to do a lot of work for little pay. The prices of many items, such as food and fuel, were high during his time as the leader. Stalin also starved many people.

  • Stalin's focus on self importance drove his country into poverty and famine.

    Stalin's focus on his own importance and place in history had a very negative impact on Russia during his ruling years. Small farms were consolidated into large state run farms, and much of the country endured famine for almost a decade. The economy plunged, and many workers were forced to work menial jobs for very little money under Stalin's policies. Because he was focused on boosting his own reputation rather than the conditions of the country and it's citizens, he was not a good leader.


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