Joseph Stalin: Stalin's Rise To Power

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Stalin’s Rise to Power
Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1929 to 1953. During these years, Stalin had continued to move up the party ladder. In 1922 he became secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, this role enabled him to appoint his allies to government jobs and grow a base of political support. Once Lenin, who had been ruling, died Stalin was able to outsmart his other rivals and soon became the new leader for the Soviet Union. Stalin ruled the Soviet Union by terror. He transformed the Soviet Union from a peasant republic to military and industrial power house in Russia. Millions of people in Russia died during Stalin’s reign.
The Soviets under Stalin
Joseph Stalin launched a series of five-year plans Stalin's plan to build up Russia's military and industry intended to transform the Soviet Union from a peasant society into an industrial and military superpower. His development plan was centered on government control of the economy, which included the government taking control of farms. Millions of farmers refused to cooperate with Stalin’s orders and were shot or exiled as punishment. With the government ownership of the farms led to widespread famine across the Soviet Union that killed millions. He expanded the powers of the secret police and encouraged citizens to spy on one another. During the second half of the 1930s, Stalin instituted the Great Purge, a series of campaigns designed to rid the Communist Party, the military and other parts of Soviet Union society from those he considered to be a threat.
Stalin built a cult of personality around himself in the Soviet Union. Cities were renamed in his honor. History books we...

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... theory of building a strong State with a powerful army and its own military science capable of winning in war and achieving the military and diplomatic consolidation of victory.” (The Times, February 1st, 1946).

Evaluation of Stalin’s Leadership

Stalin was a leader wanted complete and total control. Stalin did what ever it took to become the dictator he was known for being. As a leader I thought Joseph Stalin was a leader he only cared about himself and not his people when it should be the other way around. He also went bak and changed everything the Lenin had done before he died. Stalin went above and beyond make sure everyone followed him and if they didn’t he would kill them. So I think over Stalin was an unfit leader do to the things he did, but than there are a few things he did right like giving women more rights and giving them jobs in the work force.

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