This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the History of Russia - Stalin Terrorizes His People. Both presentations together number 44 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
When Lenin died in 1924, he was succeeded by Joseph Stalin, one of the most ruthless humans ever to hold power. To Stalin, the continuing loss of Soviet influence in the Ukraine was completely unacceptable. Beginning in 1929, over 5,000 Ukrainian scholars, scientists, cultural and religious leaders were arrested after being falsely accused of plotting an armed revolt. Those arrested were either shot without a trial or deported to prison camps in remote areas of Russia.
Stalin, set in motion events designed to cause a famine in the Ukraine to destroy the people there seeking independence from his rule. Stalin also imposed the Soviet system of land management known as collectivization. This resulted in the seizure of all privately owned farmlands and livestock, in a country where 80% of the people were traditional village farmers.
Among those farmers, were a class of people called Kulaks by the Communists. They were formerly wealthy farmers that had owned 24 or more acres, or had employed farm workers. Stalin believed any future insurrection would be led by the Kulaks, thus he proclaimed a policy aimed at "liquidating the Kulaks as a class.” Stalin responded to their unyielding defiance by dictating a policy that would deliberately cause mass starvation and result in the deaths of millions.
Outside the Soviet Union, governments of the West adopted a passive attitude toward the famine, although most of them had become aware of the true suffering in the Ukraine through confidential diplomatic channels.
An estimated 7,000,000 persons perished in this farming area, known as the breadbasket of Europe, with the people deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands. In June 1941, Nazi troops stormed into the country. Hitler's troops, arrived in the Ukraine to rob the breadbasket of Europe and simply replaced one reign of terror with another.
NOTE: ALTHOUGH I HAVE TRIED TO BE SENSITIVE IN THE SELECTION OF PICTURES FOR THE PRESENTATION, DUE TO THE GRAPHIC NATURE OF THE SUBJECT MATERIAL SOME STUDENTS MAY FIND CERTAIN PICTURES TROUBLESOME. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SUBSTITUTE OR ELIMINATE AS REQUIRED.
Power point #1 is entitled, History of Russia - Genocide - Stalin's Forced Famine contains 25 slides and covers the following:
Ukraine Falls to Russia
Stalin Takes Over
Food Sold to Others
Starvation Sets In
Death in the Cities
Soviet Cover Up
Pattern of Denial
Famine v. Trade
After defeating his rivals from the '20s, Stalin remained the unquestioned master of the Soviet Union. Members of Stalin's loyal, personally appointed Politburo were beginning to wonder if their leader, who had guided them through the turmoil of collectivization and the Five-Year Plan, could now also prove effective in a relatively peaceful era.
Talk circulated about electing a new General Secretary, and Sergei Kirov, a member of the Politburo, was put forth as a possible candidate. Kirov rejected this notion, but at the Fifteenth Party Congress in 1934 many members expressed disapproval of Stalin's tight control, and a small percentage of the delegates actually voted against re-electing him the Central Committee.
Stalin began a series of aggressive moves to eliminate all forms of opposition to his rule. So began the "Great Terror," the period when Stalin effectively liquidated all traces of opposition to his rule. Large-scale purges struck the country, targeting all levels of society;-including children: Stalin reasoned that parents were more likely to confess to trumped-up charges of subversion and disloyalty if they knew their children's lives were at risk.
“The Terror” finally burnt itself out late in 1938, and at the Party Congress in March of the following year Stalin announced the end of the era of mass purges. But the campaign had caused lasting devastation--the exact numbers may never be known, but most historians estimate that millions of Russians were either executed or shipped off to the dreaded Siberian gulags between 1936 and '38.
Power point #2 is entitled, History of Russia - The Great Terror contains 19 slides and covers the following:
Stalin, Unquestioned Soviet Leader
“The Great Terror” Begins
Stalin Determines the “Guilty”
Writing on the Wall
The Terror Ends?
Impact on Citizens
Rise of Hitler
Hitler Denounces the Soviets
Stalin Avoids War
Pact with Germany
World War II Begins
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... the History of Russia.