Stalin

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Was Stalin such a bad guy? What were his early years in life and family life like? What did he REALLY accomplish? All of these questions (excluding the first) will be answered shortly, but in the end it is up to you to decide, was Stalin such a bad guy? Below I will tell you about Stalin's childhood and family life, The 5-Years Plan(created by Stalin himself), and things he has accomplished. In hopes you can have a better understanding of who Stalin was.

early years and family

Joseph Stalin, born Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili, on (according to the birth date he made himself) December 21st, 1879. It was not until his 30s that he picked up the name Stalin, meaning "man of steel". He grew up a poor boy and an only child, who's father was an abusive alcoholic shoemaker, and who's mother was a laundress. at a young age he contracted the chicken pox virus which left him forever facial scars. he was given the opportunity of a scholarship to the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi to study for priesthood. but he was expelled due to missing exams with the excuse it was for Marxist propaganda. Between the years 1902 and 1912 Stalin was arrested multiple times and was involved in various criminal acts. like bank heists, which he would use the proceeds to help fund the Bolshevik Party. He was married twice. First, to Ekaterina "Kato" Svandize in 1906. they had one child together who died a prisoner of ww2. she passed shortly after their sons birth from Typhus. And again, in 1918 to Nadezhda "Nadya" Alliluyeva. they also had children, one boy and one girl. Nadya committed suicide in her late 30s. Stalin didn't only have those three kids though, he was the father of many non-weblocked children.

History.com Staff. "Joseph Stalin." History.com. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. <http://www.history.com/topics/joseph-stalin>.

the five year plans

The five years plan, introduced by Stalin, brought all industry under state control. all industrial development was planned by the state, how much was produced, where, and what was produced. The Gosplan was an organizaton created to plan all this out. the 1st five year plan was from 1928-1932. The 2nd five year plan was committed to communication systems like railroads and new (chemical) industries, and was from 1933-1937. the third five year plan which was all about weapon productions, because of the brink of was and only lasted 3 years (1938-1941) because it was interrupted by war. Each factory had a set target which each industry had to meet. Even though their targets were completely unrealistic, improvements were made. there were many flaws to this. parts were hard to come by for worn down machines, putting some factories in idle because of the UN-ability to fix things. ex-peasants were now "skilled workers" but due to their lack of skill, they were normally the cause of malfunctioning machinery. with these new targets the production amount did increase and it seemed as targets were met, but a lot of the time the products were made so poorly that they couldn't even be used. the punishment for failure was severe, and could result in being exiled for being an "enemy of the people" or sent to a prison camp in Siberia. no one could complain about the five year plans, because they were thought up by Stalin. and that was that.

"Stalin." history learning site. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. <http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Stalin.htm>.

Things Stalin accomplished

You may not know, but there was quite a few tings Stalin did achieve. He transformed the Soviet Union from an undeveloped county to one of the world's greatest industrial and military powers, by gaining total control over the Soviet government and the communist Party. Womens roles expanded and he made men and women equal. He called for a command economy and outlines several 5-year plans. While people may think he did nothing but destroy, and torment, he did accomplish quite a bit compared to the prior rulers of the Soviet Union. His change may have been drastic but it was change, which really, they needed.

Beck, Roger, and Linda Black, eds. Modern World History. CA Edition. Sacremento, CA: McDougell Litell, 2006. Print.

Time to decide.

So was it his traumatic child-life, his devastating adulthood, or just his nature? Did he really just want to accomplish the perfect operating system? Or did he just want control? The decision is up to you weather you think he was justified in his actions or not. But could his actions really be justified? Was his change really "beneficial"? In the end, it's what YOU think.