Joseph Stalin

Morgan Michelli, Brittany Tran, Madison Gauthier, Connor Cavalier

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Joseph Stalin was born Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili on December 18, 1878(although he later invented a new birth date for himself: December 21, 1879), in a small town in Georgia,which was then part of the Russian empire. When he was in his 30s, he took upon the name Stalin, Russian for “man of steel.”

Stalin grew up as an only child and very poor. His father was a shoemaker and was very abusive toward him and his mother. He, as a boy, developed smallpox, leaving facial scars. Stalin grew up to join the seminary in Russia, but was kicked out for missing exams.


Stalin then became an underground political agitator and took part in many strikes and rebellions. People began to call him "Koba", who was an outlaw on a television show. He began participating in other criminal activities and arrested and led out of Siberia.


In 1906, Stalin married Ekaterina “Kato” Svanidze, who died only one year later when their child was one. In 1918, Stalin married his second wife,Nadezhda “Nadya” Alliluyeva, the daughter of a very famous Russian woman. They, together, had two children. She later committed suicide.
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In 1912, Lenin, then in exile in Switzerland, appointed Joseph Stalin to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party. Three years later, in November 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. The Soviet Union was founded in 1922, with Lenin as its first leader. During these years, Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder, and in 1922 he became secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, a role that enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support. After Lenin died in 1924, Stalin eventually outmaneuvered his rivals and won the power struggle for control of the Communist Party. By the late 1920s, he had become dictator of the Soviet Union.



Stalin introduced a series of 5 year plans which intended to change the Soviet Union from a peasant society to industrial. This included the governmental control of many things, including farms.

He ruled in fear and was not afraid to eliminate anyone in his way. He wanted to rid the Communist party and sent citizens out to spy on other citizens. His name became part of the anthem and he was the only thing that you could watch on television at the time or on any radio. He was the topic of all newspapers and the subject of all art. He WAS the Soviet Union.


The night before the beginning of the war. Stalin and an allie, ADOLF HITLER, signed a pact that signified nonagression between the two nations. Together they launched invasions on Finland and other nations. Germany broke the pact and invaded anyway, causing further problems for years. Germany once again invaded, but Stalin destroyed anything coming. Later came the Battle of Stalingrad, which defeated the Germans and drove them out of Russia.
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