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Look at what the source tells you (infer and support with evidence)
Look at what the source does not tell you (cross-reference with other sources and your own knowledge)
Look at the reliability of the source
What other questions do I need to ask? What doesn’t the source tell me? What guesses can I make? What can I infer? What does this source tell me? Evidence
Stalin used terror methods to control the Russian population. During the 1930s, a series of ‘purges’ took place, during which anyone suspected of being an opponent of Stalin was arrested and often murdered. The most famous of the victims of the purges were put on show trial, where they were accused of plotting with foreign powers to destroy Russia. These were known as ‘Show Trials’.
Study Source C.
How useful is this source as evidence about Stalin’s purges? Explain your answer.