Ruthless and ambitious, Joseph Stalin grabbed control of the Soviet Union after the death of V.I. Lenin in 1924. As a member of the Bolshevik party, Joseph Stalin (his adopted name, meaning "Man of Steel") had an active role in Russia's Oct...
Name at Birth:
Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili
Gori, (now Republic of Georgia)
March 5, 1953
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union in the mid-20th century, was born on 18
December 1878 to a Georgian cobbler in Gori, Georgia. After leaving school ...
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Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union for more than two decades, instituting a
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But this powerful man began life as the son of an alcoholic cobbler and a doting
mother ... David Reynolds describes Stalin's life as a Bolshevik bank robber.
Permanently scarred from a childhood bout with smallpox and having a mildly
deformed arm, Stalin always felt unfairly treated by life, and thus developed a ...
Joseph Stalin was a communist revolutionary, who played a key role in the
Russian Revolution of 1917. Stalin went on to become the ruler of Soviet Union.
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Stalin was a somewhat misshapen and diminutive boy: smallpox left his face
scarred and pitted for the rest of his life, and a case of blood poisoning caused
The Soviet statesman Joseph Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union.
He led his country alongside America and England through World War II ...