Josif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili or Stalin, was boin on Decembrer 21, 1879 in the small countryside town of Gori, Georgia on the east cost of the Black Sea. Stalin’ was the only surviving offspring of Vissarion Dzhugashvili (Father), a shoe maker, and Yekaterina Dzhugashvili(Mother) a domestic servanet. Though he survived he developed small pox with would hurt his development leaving him with physical deformities. This ill deformed child eventually became the great ruthless dictator of the Soviet Union. A frequently disputed question is, was it ”Nature or, nurture” which caused stalin to become dictator that he was. Some believe he was born evil with others believe it was actaully his horrifying childhood which contributed to his illness mannered personality. Looking deeper there are many events and factors that humanize Stalin as more of a victim of the environment in which he was born into. One of the many influences was his small pox as a child, this illness left him terribly deformed and open to societal bullying. Additionally the physical abuse from the merciless beatings he received from his parents or witnessing his own mother’s abuse. One could argue it was his abandonment issues. Stalin’s father left him during his teen years leaving him and his mother fighting to survive without a source of income. Following his father’s departure, with no real family to turn to, Stalin joined a local gang and soon enough ran the local gang. When he was sent to seminary school he used these skills which he aquired on the streets to extort and strong arm his own teachers. Looking back Stalin’s childhood, marked with abuse and abandonment negatively influenced his later political life contributing to his career as a one of the twentieth century’s ruthless and bloodiest dictators.
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