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The Bad and the Buried

Decent Essays
When you think of the names Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, what comes to mind? It is more than likely that you thought of their heinous crimes and political affiliations with the Fascist, Socialist, and Communist parties, but why? Shakespeare explains it all through his character Mark Antony in the play titled Julius Caesar. After Caesar’s tragic death, Antony says, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar” but it is not just Caesar whose legacy has been tainted by this philosophy. Countless leaders including Hitler, Stalin and Zedong have been labeled as corrupt, ambitious, and evil men because the good was “interred with their bones”. The only influence they are recognized for are their crimes to humanity even though extraordinary economical, social, and technological advancements could not have been achieved without them.
Joseph Stalin was one of the most important leaders that presided over the USSR in the 20th Century. There are a number of similar images of Stalin including but not limited to a leader of the Soviet Union, a ruthless tyrant whose policies led to the annihilation of millions, and a shrewd political leader. But his ability to raise the Soviet Union from a very poor economic environment to a booming industrialized nation in his first two years is often overlooked. Another positive achievement is the unprecedented liberation in social circles. Men and women were educated
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