Joseph Stalin

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Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin 1878-1953

In 1912, Lenin placed Stalin in a place of importance on the Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party. Through Lenin's influence, the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 and Stalin was declared Secretary General of the Central Committe of the Communist Party. This allowed him to earn support in other parts of government and create ties that would help him defeat Leon Trotsky later on.

Stalin's RuleIn the power struggle that followed Lenin's death in 1924, Stalin was able to overcome his opponents (namely Leon Trotsky) and take control of the Communist Party. Stalin's first action was to enact a program which encouraged industrialization, a government-regulated economy, and the making "public" of Soviet farmland. However, Stalin also created gulags, which were forced labor camps. He started the Great Purge, where many people died of famine and forced labor, and censored all types of media to portray him as a hero.

Joseph Stalin was born in Gori, Georgia in 1878. He grew up in a poor family as an only child. The economic ideals of Marxist Lenin appealed to him because it guaranteed that everyone was equal in terms of wealth. Initially, he studied at a seminary in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he became acquainted with Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto." He was expelled from the school, after which he took the name "Koba" and joined the Bolsheviks. Between 1902 and 1913, Stalin was arrested, imprisoned, and exiled to Siberia multiple times.

Rise to Power (to Lenin's death)

Joseph Stalin (right) with Vladimir Lenin

Early Life

An example of a Gulag(below)

A typical Soviet propaganda poster under Stalin (left)


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