He also had the Great Purge, which sent anyone who was not “loyal” to him to camps and executed them. In total he killed about seven times as many people as Hitler did which would probably be about twenty to sixty million people. Stalin also changed the world by helping to start the Cold War, and also some of the countries that aligned with the Soviets in the Cold War are still in poverty because their benefactor crumbled. Stalin was the face of the second world for a chunk of the twentieth century and the Cold war. Stalin also created the Five Year Plan, which was a series of nation-wide economic plans in the Soviet Union.
Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin was one of the biggest mass murderers of the twentieth century. From the purges in the Red Army to forced relocations, Stalin had the blood of millions on his hands. This essay is not going to debate the fact that this was indeed a brutal and power hungry individual, because he was indeed just that. I will on the other hand show you that through his way of governing the Soviet Union, he actually saved mother Russia from the German invasion in World War Two through his cunning and ruthlessness. Joseph Stalin was a very industrious person and used every means possible to better prepare his country for the coming war that he believed was inevitable.
Joseph Stalin. The second most infamous dictator named after Hitler during the era of World War 2. History and the international community have judged Stalin as a villain for all the horrible crimes he had committed. There has also been some debate whether he was really a villain or a hero. So, is this judgement fair?
Joseph Stalin was a harsh Soviet leader in Russia. He became a strong influential leader quickly and abused his power to harm others. He killed millions of people, he imprisoned many more. It did not matter who they were or what they believed. He had purges (the removal of people who are considered undesirable), and this was the way he disposed of those he thought to be not worthy.
His death, triggering three important, widely publicised ‘show trials’ in Moscow, ultimately encouraged the climate of terror during the Great Purge. Bolsheviks Zinoviev, Kamenev and their associates were accused of conspiring against Stalin and the government, with each confessing to their supposed crimes, which were then broadcast around the world. It was later discovered that these confessions were forced after long months of psychological abuse and cruel acts of torture. As Stalin... ... middle of paper ... ...at lacked experience and depth. As a result, the once successful Communist army was being slowly depleted and therefore damaged the spirits of the former Bolsheviks and the Communist Party.
He also specifically mentions the decision by Russia to declare sovereignty as the single most important step in dissolving the Soviet Union. Gorbachev is not highly critical of himself, and only briefly mentions what more he could have done to prevent this from happening. Gorbachev spends the first part of his book explaining the history of the Soviet Union, from the October revolutions to the present day. He discusses the noble origins of revolution which were then perverted by Stalin into a totalitarian system that slowly weakened the Union. By the 1980’s, change was needed and “perestroika was born out of the realiza... ... middle of paper ... ...tates, specifically in the Baltic region, who already had strong separatist movements.
Vivian Nguyen Amicangelo 8Celtics 22 February 2014 JOSEPH STALIN Joseph Stalin was a man who many people had mixed feelings for. Some say he was a dictator and a tyrant, but others say that as a ruler, he shaped Russia and pushed it in the right direction. Both sides are correct, and there are many examples to back them up. Stalin did accomplish benefiting Russia‘s image, but he was a man who killed many. Stalin was born as Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (later became Joseph Stalin) on December 18, 1879 and his parents were Besarion Jughashvili (father) and Ketevan Geladze (mother).
The battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles with both sides loosing enormous amounts of casualties. This attempt by Hitler to capture three major cities changed the course of history and helped it for the better so we think. "Surrender is forbidden. 6 Army will hold their positions to the last man and the last round and by their heroic endurance will make an unforgettable contribution towards the establishment of a defensive front and the salvation of the Western world." –Hitler.
Mothers taught their children that Stalin was ‘the wisest man of the age’. History textbooks and photographs were changed to make him the hero of the Revolution, and obliterate the names of purged people. To make certain themselves of an endless supply of "traitors” the NKVD interrogators concentrated on two questions: "Who recruited you?" and "Who did you recruit?" The "confessions" often doomed casual associates, friends, and even family.
One of the major causes for the USSR’s collapse in 1991 pertaining to its influence and power some realists’ suggest would be Mikhail Gorbachev’s plans for reform to what some might call radical changes that were to be made about communist rule due to the “changes” that he had seen taking place in the “world of politics” since becoming leader (Koslowski, p.219). Prior to Gorbachev’s time as leader previous Soviet leaders had kept a tight control over Russian politics and Soviet influence within satellite states which we know of today as oppressive, however, it had worked for the Soviets in maintaining their control. Under the realists’ view power is an essential criterion for a state 's safety as having power can have a state both outlast and