History on Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin was born on 18 December 1879 in Gori, Georgia, which was then part of the Russian empire. Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvilisi was his really name in Russia. He was one of the most powerful and murderous dictators in history. Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union for a quarter of a century. His regime caused the death and suffering of tens of millions of his own people. However he also oversaw the war machine that played a key role in the defeat of Nazism.
Stalin grew up in decent circumstances. He studied at a theological seminary where he began to read Marxist literature. He never graduated, but he spent his time to the revolutionary movement against the Russian monarchy. The next 15 years he was an activist and on a number of occasions was arrested and exiled to Siberia.
Stalin was not one a big part in taking power over Bolshevik in 1917. He soon rose through the ranks of the party. In 1922, he was made general secretary of the Communist Party. This post was not considered particularly significant, but gave him control over appointments and allowed him to build up a base of support. After Lenin's death, Stalin promoted himself as his political heir and gradually out maneuvered his rivals. By the late 1920s, Stalin was effectively the dictator of the Soviet Union.
His forced collectivisation of agriculture cost millions of lives. While his programme of rapid industrialisation achieved huge increases in Soviet productivity and economic growth but at great cost. The population suffered immensely during the Great Terror of the 1930s.During which Stalin purged the party of 'enemies of the people', resulting in the execution of thousands and the exile of millions to the gulag system of slave labour camps.
He died on March 5th, 1953 at aged 74 in Kuntsevo Dacha nearMoscow. Stalin will go down in history for torristing of his own people and his influince to the world. Russia is forever changed and tell this day we are finding out new things from when he ruled.