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Post 26 Feb 2010, 12:09
I've got an essay to do for History, the question for which is as following:

"Which of Russia's leaders' industrial policies benefited the Russian people the most?"

I'ma arguing that it was Stalin, obviously. But it's difficult to get some genuinely good, unbiased info. My general line of argument is that he increased living standards across the board, and his 5 year plans set a firm foundation that would see the USSR through the second world war. Key to the question is the bolded part though.

Anyone know of some good sources other than the obvious ones? i.e, ones that won't say "yeah, he industrialised BUT HE KILLED TWENTY TRILLION UKRAINIANS IN THE PROCESS!!"
Post 26 Feb 2010, 14:43
Wikipedia wrote:
Under the Soviet government people benefited from some social liberalization. Girls were given an adequate, equal education and women had equal rights in employment,[11] improving lives for women and families. Stalinist development also contributed to advances in health care, which significantly increased the lifespan and quality of life of the typical Soviet citizen.[11] Stalin's policies granted the Soviet people universal access to healthcare and education, effectively creating the first generation free from the fear of typhus, cholera, and malaria.[72] The occurrences of these diseases dropped to record low numbers, increasing life spans by decades.[72]
Soviet women under Stalin were the first generation of women able to give birth in the safety of a hospital, with access to prenatal care.[72] Education was also an example of an increase in standard of living after economic development. The generation born during Stalin's rule was the first near-universally literate generation. Millions benefitted from mass literacy campaigns in the 1930s, and from workers training schemes.[73] Engineers were sent abroad to learn industrial technology, and hundreds of foreign engineers were brought to Russia on contract.[72] Transport links were improved and many new railways built. Workers who exceeded their quotas, Stakhanovites, received many incentives for their work;[73] they could afford to buy the goods that were mass-produced by the rapidly expanding Soviet economy.


Simon Sebag Montefiore. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Knopf, 2004
Acton, Edward, Russia, The Tsarist and Soviet Legacy, Longmann Group Ltd (1995)

"The Court of the Red Tsar" is obviously shit, but the second one might be worth looking into. Also, you should definitely look into Grover Furr's work, which is available online. Just google "Grover Furr Stalin and struggle for democratic reform" for instance.
Post 26 Feb 2010, 15:08
Well well. A Trot is praising Stalin. Actually I thought Red Tsar was a good read and I don't think it really portrayed Stalin in a negative light.
Post 26 Feb 2010, 16:16
He's not "praising" Stalin,he is just commenting the good sides of his rule.
Post 26 Feb 2010, 21:31
Loz wrote:
He's not "praising" Stalin,he is just commenting the good sides of his rule.

This. I may have more sympathies with Trotsky than with Stalin, but I'm not ignorant enough to think Stalin did nothing good.

Good luck with the essay, wrote one last year, it takes a lot of effort to say the least.
Post 26 Feb 2010, 23:31
Well I'm a big Stalin supporter and I acknowledge all the good and important things Trotsky did. Actually I wish the two of them could have worked together.
Post 01 Mar 2010, 17:55
looooool. I'm not a mouth-frothing STALINISTHEANTICHRIST trot, It's obvious that Stalin did some good.

Besides, it was either him, Khrushchev or Nicholas II (lol).

And, Mabool - a thousand thankyous, Sahib. I shall have a convoy of ivory, gold, fur and peacock laden camels delivered to your address.
Post 01 Mar 2010, 18:21
Jingle_Bombs wrote:
Khrushchev or Nicholas II

Oh well c'mon that's Stalin hands down then.
Post 02 Mar 2010, 10:43
You could always write something about Andropov.
Post 02 Mar 2010, 20:51
I'd quite like to, actually... But he's out of the time-frame.
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