Josef Stalin Essays and Papers

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Josef Stalin

Josef Stalin was born with the name Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili on December 21st,
1897 in. As a young boy he was nicknamed "Soso". He had a sickly childhood, with disease
and poverty taking a toll on his life. He was the only child of his parents that lived
past infancy. He had dark hair, yellow eyes, and a ruddy complexion and stood just 5 feet
4 inches.

Stalin then went on to serve in the military, but his rise to power came after he ousted
Leon Trotsky. Then Stalin began great purges where he would sweep through the people
beneath him and kill anyone he suspected was not 100% loyal to him. Very few people
beneath Stalin stayed there for long. Stalin then started several five-year plans. Soon
the USSR was a superpower, and it was because Stalin brought them there.

When the German armies attacked the USSR in June 1941, Stalin, after suffering a brief
nervous collapse, personally took command of the Soviet armed forces. With the help of a
small defense committee (war cabinet), he made all major military, political, and
diplomatic decisions throughout the war. He pursued victory with increasing skill,
determination, and courage, by staying on in the Kremlin when Hitler's armies stood at the
gates of Moscow, ordering a fantastic shifting of industrial plants from European Russia
to the east, arranging for lend-lease from the Western powers, selecting more and more
first-rate military commanders, and developing increasingly effective military strategy,
including the remarkable counteroffensives at Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk. He under
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