Joseph Stalin

Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin

  • Stalin was born as Ioseb Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia on December 21, 1879.

He was most known for being the secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953. Stalin Joined the Bolshevik group in 1903 versus the less militant menshevik. During this time he became a disciple of Vladamir Lenin. In 1912 Stalin was chosen by Lenin to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party.

He changed his name from his birth name to avoid arrest choosing to use the Russian word stal, or steel. He was exiled in Siberia from July 1913 to March 1917. After his exile he returned to be the editor of Pravda, a Soviet propoganda source.

Stalin with Vaisly and Svetlana

  • Married his first wife in 1904.
  • Allowed his first son, Jacob, to be captured and taken away by the Germans never to see him again.
  • Married second wife in 1919. Together they had two children: Vaisly and Svetlana.

As a leader, Stalin set forth a state-organized industrialization plan in 1928. The peasants suffered greatly in the Ukraine. The uncooperative people were called kulaks. The kulaks were arrested, shot, exiled, and sent to concentration camps to be worked to death. Stalin used political terror to control the U.S.S.R. He would force his opponents to confess to commiting imaginary crimes against the country.

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Stalin participated in the high-level Allied meetings in Tehran(1943) and Yalta(1945). His reign fell apart when Yugoslavia left the U.S.S.R. During his control of the country, he increased the output from being fifth in the world to second only to the United States in production.

Stalin died March 5, 1953 of a stroke.

Parallels with Animal Farm

Joseph Stalin

Stalin used political terror to control the country (KGB).

Napoleon used the dogs to frighten the other animals into agreeing with him.
Would force his rivals to admit to imaginary crimes.

Quite possiby made up some of the crimes that Snowball committed to gain the trust of the other animals.
Stalin was known for not being a very good speaker.

Napoleon would deliver speeches that were embarrassingly short in comparison to Snowball's speeches.

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