Historical Who is Who

STALIN, J V

1879 - 1953
Russua
POLITICS

 

Joseph Stalin was the autocratically inclined leader who was responsible for the creation of the Soviet Union. It was legitimised by his appeal to an imperialistic interpretation of Marx and Marxism which he had already begun to articulate whilst studying at a Russian Orthodox seminary. In the interests of achieving the greater good he persuaded himself and others that colossal sacrifices had to be made - the elimination of the kulak peasants, Second World War sacrifices for Mother Russia, the imposition of an Iron Curtain between conquered territories and the rest of Europe, the continuing extension from the 1930s into the 1950s of the gulag camps involving banished millions - all were morally necessary.

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A Stalin wartime speech (7 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poOZFKoEx9c

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