Joseph Stalin rose to power in Russia in the early 20th century and went on to rule through World War II and the initial stages of the Cold War. His policies regarding Communism and the use of a totalitarian rule to facilitate it were extremely influential to Europe and Russia during his rule, as he killed millions of people, as well as after because the USSR went on to exist for decades after his death. His rule thus serves as an example of the influence one person can have. SL IS 20th…
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Joseph Stalin - His policies led to the imprisonment, deportation, exile and execution of many of the Russian citizens. His policies that changed Russia from an agrarian society to an industrial power so disrupted the country's agriculture that it created the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932-33. The campaign that resulted in the Great Purge saw the execution of hundreds of thousands. This included major figures in the Communist Party. I remember listening to reports of his death in 1953.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878 - 1953, right) with his son, Vasily (1921 - 1962) and daughter Svetlana (1926 - 2011) at one of Stalin's dachas, former Soviet Union, June 1935. Both children are by Stalin's second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. The photograph was taken by Stalin's head of personal security, Nikolai Vlasik (1896 - 1967).
Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the leader of Russia during the WWII. He would stop at nothing to get absolute power and to do so he started the Great Purge (1937-38), a policy of killing anyone who threatened his power. He made a deal with Hitler (1939) to split up their spheres of influence in Eastern Europe when WWII began. Russia became a part of Allied Forces in 1943 when Hitler attacked them.