Joseph Stalin's Contribution To Industrialization Of The Soviet Union

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In a treasury of the world history, there are many prominent political leaders, who contributed significantly or changed the world. Every day we encounter names of those who preserved or betrayed nations. One of most widely discussed is notorious historical leader, Joseph Stalin, Russian soviet politician. Although Stalin’s contribution to industrialization of Soviet Union was immense, usually the name of this person elicits associations with war, hunger, and tyranny. In memories of millions of people, he remained to be a person who brought life to a new level, but for others he was the one, who ruined their lives completely.
Though Stalin’s mark in history is significant, humanity considers him one of the most heartless and incomprehensible
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Many historians and physiologists claim Joseph had su-periority complex and ill desire for immense power. Streets and towns were named after him, monuments were erected to honor ‘The Father of Nations’, and artists portrayed him in their best paintings. Worship of Stalin reached a peak of insanity. Children were supposed to learn the phrase “Thank you comrade Stalin for my happy childhood”, adults had to be grateful for all social benefits. (Brooks, 2002). Cult of Stalin’s personality was cherished during long years of his life and after his …show more content…
Stalin appeared to be stronger com-mander and a smarter strategist. Indeed, Stalin won the war, but what was the price? In the Second World War he lost much more soldiers and a peaceful population than Germany did.
Once Second World War ended, Soviet Union entered a new page of history - Cold War. As Stalin refused to cooperate with the West, an imaginary iron curtain separated USSR from the whole world. Citizens of counties of Soviet Union were not able to travel abroad, not to speak of emigration. Also foreign radio stations and TV programs were under strict Soviet censorship, small percent of them were shown. S
Stalin got so obsessed with the idea of the atomic bomb that he hurled all efforts into creating it. A race for the nuclear weapon could lead to the Third World War. Stalin in his turn refused to cooperate with foreign politicians and leaders and even compared Churchill to Hitler in his interview ("Stalin 's Reply to Churchill," interview, 1946).
Most of leaders of USSR criticized Stalin’s methods and considered him to be tyran-nical. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said that crimes of Stalin against the humanity had been disgraceful. (Eaton, 1987).

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