Explain How Far the Views in Source B Differ from Those in Source a in Relation to Stalin. (12 Marks.)

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Explain how far the views in source B differ from those in source A in relation to Stalin. (12 marks.) The views in source B differ to those in source A through many different reasons. For example, Source B is very complimentary toward Stalin, whereas source A is uncomplimentary. Source B lists a range of qualities that would be considered flattering such as ‘knowledge’ and ‘intelligence.’ Also it states that Stalin is ‘extraordinarily like Lenin.’ By comparing Stalin to Lenin – a man who was seen as ‘god like’ and was a great revolutionary hero, it suggests that influence Stalin had on people. On the other hand, Source A describes Stalin as ‘rude’, suggests that Stalin already has ‘boundless power’, and would abuse that power. These attributes are displayed very clearly through a number of events such as Stalin’s ‘rudeness’ toward to Lenin’s wife Krupskaya, as well as his comrades. Also his ‘boundless power’ was shown through his position as General Secretary. A position, thrust upon him by committee, and meant he was in control of the ‘party machine’ and therefore able to choose who was allowed into the Bolsheviks ranks, thus ensuring he has political backing and therefore could always ‘deliver the votes,’ as people were aware of the privileges he had given them. However, both sources have some similarities towards Stalin. They both make reference to Stalin’s inability to trust others and his intensity. However, Source A suggests that these are unsuitable qualities for someone in the position of general secretary, whereas source B makes them seem as though these are qualities to be admired, as Stalin once stated ‘a reasonable amount of distrust is a good basis for working together.’ This suggests that Stalin thought that you can never be too trusting, which as evidently shown through the power struggle and his rise to the top, where he manipulated the
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