Joseph Stalin: The Man Of Steel

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Joseph Stalin When people hear the name “the man of steel” should they think of Clark Kent, the crime-fighting hero from the comics? Well how about Joseph Stalin, mass murder and dictator of Communist Russia. One may associate murderer and dictator in a poor fashion, but Joseph Stalin contributed immensely to the future of Russia during his rule. Joseph had the mentality that if you opposed his views then you should be eliminated. The result of that view was an estimated 20 million dead people by the time Stalin died. However, because he created a situation where his idea was the only idea he was able to turn the USSR’s economy around, established the USSR as a world superpower, created free education and advanced healthcare, and also put …show more content…
Their child would later change his name to Joseph Stalin because Stalin meant “man of steel” in the Russian culture. As a child Stalin was quite frail. At the age of 7 he contracted smallpox. The disease left young Stalin’s face permanently scared. A few years after he fought off smallpox, Joseph Stalin was involved in a carriage accident that left his left arm deformed. Stalin’s physical deformities made him an outcast as a child. The children in his community treated young Stalin poorly. However, the poor treatment instilled a sense of inferiority that resulted in his quest for greatness and respect. That quest created a cruel streak for those who crossed him. As Stalin aged, his mother wanted him to become a priest so she sent him to a church school in the town of Gori. Stalin’s exemplary efforts in school earned him a scholarship to Tiflis Theological Seminary in 1894. While attending Seminary school, Stalin began reading the works of Karl Marx. In 1899 Stalin was expelled from Tiflis Theological Seminary because of revolutionary activities. In the early 1900’s Stalin joined the Bolsheviks that were led by Vladimir Lenin. Between April 1902 and March 1913 Stalin was arrest 7 times and exiled to Siberia. Stalin made slow political progress until 1912 when Lenin co-opted Stalin to serve on the first Central Committee for …show more content…
When Stalin took power the economy of Russia was poor because the Russian Civil War greatly destroyed it. Lenin was had implemented the New Economic Plan to rebuild the economy, but in 1929 Stalin replaced Lenin’s plan with his own 5 year plan. Stalin’s plan had two parts. The first part was to collectivize the farmland so agriculture in the USSR consisted of large state-run farms. The second part was ambitious state-guided “crash” industrialization. His crash industrialization was incredibly successful and raised industrialization in the USSR by 15% during the first year of his plan and maintained an 18% annual growth rate for the last four years. Collectivization of the farms did not have as successful of an outcome. In 1939 Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact. That pact stated that Germany would not invade Russia, but in 1940 Germany did and Russia barely was able to fight back. However during the Battle of Stalingrad the Red Army was able to turn the tables and force Germany out of Russia. The actions of the USSR under Stalin’s rule made a large contribution to the defeat of Germany. Due to the USSR’s contributions in WWII the USSR became a world superpower and a permanent member of NATO. Stalin had more then one accomplishment during WWII. Other then making the USSR a world superpower, Stalin also expanded the USSR’s territory by acquiring satellite

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