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The Life Of Joseph Stalin The Man of Steel or Stalin was born in Georgia was educated at the Tiflis Theological Seminary from which he was expelled for propagating Marxism He joined the Bolshevik underground and was arrested and transported to Siberia He escaped in 1904 The ensuing years witnessed his closer identification with revolutionary Marxism his many escapes from captivity his growing intimacy with Lenin and Bukharin his early disparagement of Leon Trotsky and his co-option in 1912 to the illicit Bolshevik Central Committee With the Revolution of 1917 and the replacement of Kerenskys weak Provisional Government by Lenin and the Bolsheviks Stalin was appointed Commissar for Nationalities and a member of the Politburo although his activities throughout the counter-revolution and the war with Poland were confined to organizing a Red terror in Tsaritsin Stalingrad With his appointment as General Secretary to the Central Committee in 1922 Stalin began stealthily to build up the power that would guarantee his control of the Soviet Union after Lenins death When Lenin died in 1924 Stalin took control By 1928 Trotsky had been degraded and banished Stalins reorganization of the Soviets resources with its successive Five Year Plans suffered numerous industrial setbacks and encountered consistently stubborn resistance in agriculture where the kulaks refused to accept the principles of collectivization The measures taken by Stalin to discipline those who opposed his will involved the death by execution or famine of at least 10 million peasants 1932-33 The bloodbath which eliminated the Old Bolsheviks and the alleged right-wing intelligentsia and the staged engineers trial were followed by a drastic purge of thousands of the Officer corps including Marshal Tuchachevsky Stalin believed they were all guilty of pro-German sympathies Red Army forces and material went to the support of the Spanish Communist government in 1936 although Stalin was careful not to commit himself too deeply After the Munich crisis Franco-British negotiations for Russian support
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