Joseph Stalin: a Dictator

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Joseph Stalin lived from 1879 till 1953. Stalin was one of the most ruthless communist dictators of all time. After Lenin’s death, Stalin pushed his way to the top and was set out to make the Soviet Union into an industrial power. In 1928, Stalin proposed the Five Year Plans, which were to build heavy industry, transportation, and an increase in farm production. This initial attempt to industrialize the country was generally successful, but collectivization was extremely unpopular and was resisted by the peasants. In response Stalin had millions of them killed, or allowed them to starve. Stalin said that the Soviet Union was behind the rest of the world in industry and agriculture, and needed to catch up fast. Stalin also made all economic activity under government control. Under this command economy, he owned all businesses and made all economic decisions. Even though Stalin had complete control over the Soviet Union, he still felt that people were going against him. In the Great Purge, Stalin went after and killed anyone that proposed any kind of threat to him. In the end, almost 800,000 people were killed. Stalin used propaganda and nationalism to brainwash the people of the Soviet Union. He censored poems, paintings, statues, newspaper, radio, and text. Everything needed to support him, communism, or nationalism. Even religious statues were replaced with statues of Lenin and Stalin. Stalin had a major effect on history because he changed Russia into a communistic state. This changed Russian life completely. Stalin because he had a major effect on world history. He turned Russia in to a complete communistic state. He also industrialized their agriculture and their manufacturing. Stalin was a cruel and harsh man. He didn’t care what he had to do, as long as he was ensured complete control and power. He has had a major effect on Russian and World history. Joseph Stalin lived from 1879 till 1953. Stalin was one of the most ruthless communist dictators of all...
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