Ms. Trilce Enríquez
March 25th, 2014
Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhuhashvili or the world knows him, Joseph Stalin, was born on December 18th of the year 1879. He is an important figure in history and made some changes, though I must admit not for the best. He can be classified as one of the most powerful leaders and dictators of the Soviet Union. He was the leader of the Soviet Union for twenty five years and in this period of time made so many changes and killed millions of innocent people that stood in his path. Joseph Stalin also made use of different weapons that would eventually lead to the fall of Nazism. When he was young he grew up having very little resources and lived in Georgia, which was part of the Russian empire at the time. Although he was not a good person, he was interested in educating himself since the beginning, he showed this when he studied and a theological seminary and this is where he read books that inspired him. He read a lot about Marxism when he was at the seminary and this type of literature gave him ideas of society should be like. He did not graduate because he decided to join revolutionary movements against the Russian monarchy, therefore got into trouble a lot. He got arrested several times and was exiled to Siberia. He began to build a base to start on when he was taken as a rank of a party in the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917. He was made a general of a communist party and they allowed him to have power at this point. When the higher rank died, Stalin took his place, therefore becoming a political heir and soon he was gaining more power and eventually became a dictator in the late 1920’s. His rise to power basically consisted of taking away power and rising against his political and ideological opponents. He also started what was called “The Great Terror”, which referred to the purges he started to make against anyone who would oppose him. The punishments he gave people were very...
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