Joseph Stalin

by Dominik Tokarski

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Joseph Stalin was born on 18 December 1878 and died in 5 March 1953. The unrivalled dictator of the Soviet Union, ruled from 1928 till his death in 1953. He modernized the country through “Five Years Plans”, which consisted of forced collectivization and industrialization. Farmers were denied private property, and food was exported for foreign industrial technology. As a young man, Stalin trained to be a priest but was expelled from the seminary with 20 of his classmates for “revolutionary activities”. Stalin’s tenure as dictator was so harsh that when Nikita Khrushchev took over in 1953 he started a policy of “de-Stalization”.