Why Did Joseph Stalin Rise To Power

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As a young adult, Stalin’s mother enrolled him into seminary school with the hopes of him becoming a priest. Stalin however had different plans for his future. Starting in 1912, Stalin was delegated to work on the first central committee of the Bolshevik party. In November of 1917 the Bolsheviks took control in Russia, thus forming the Soviet Union in 1922. Following Lenin’s death in 1924, Stalin focused on gaining complete control and abolishing Lenin’s old party leadership. Joseph Stalin ruled over the Soviet Union for two decades, he reigned with fear and control, eliminating anyone who stood in his way. During WWII Stalin allied with Great Britain and the United States and helped defeat Nazi Germany with the help of his Red Army. Throughout …show more content…

When Joseph Stalin was older he joined a Marxist social democratic movement, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin. As a member of the Bolsheviks, he became more involved in criminal schemes such as bank heists. The money they stole was used to fund the Bolshevik party. In 1912 Stalin was chosen to serve on the first central committee of the Bolshevik party. In 1922 he became Secretary General of the central committee of the communist party. Stalin was able to appoint his close and trustworthy friends in government jobs. With Stalin’s friends appointed in government positions, he was able to build a strong team of political support (“Joseph Stalin”). Stalin soon became the dictator of the Soviet Union in the 1920s. In 1924 he gradually took control over the communist party and began a series of five year plans, hoping to convert the Soviet Union into an industrial superpower. Stalin mostly focused on government control of the economy, taking control over farms and extending the capacities of the secret police.Many farmers refused to obey Stalin’s orders, so as a punishment he killed or exiled them. Stalin grew very paranoid and created The Great Purge, a series of trials where the people were tortured or pressured to confess, although most people were found innocent, the secret police covered up the truth with a set of believable lies. The purge trials got rid of the communist party, the military, and anyone considered a threat by

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