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Joseph Stalin was a Georgian Marxist revolutionary leader and later dictator of the USSR He was born in Gori Georgia He studied at Tiflis Orthodox where he was expelled from in 1899 After joining a Georgian Social Democratic organization in 1898 he became active in a revolutionary underground and he was twice sent to Siberia As a leading Bolshevik he played an active role in the October Revolution In 1922 he became general secretary of the Party Central Committee a position that he held until the day of his death Stalin also occupied other key positions which enabled him to build up enormous personal power in the government This is a key point in Stalins life where he was enormously confident about himself which led him to do things that were no acceptable in todays standard lifeAfter the death of Vladimir I Lenin in 1924 Stalin became leader of the Soviet Union where he made many changes to agriculture and industry He believed that the Soviet Union was one hundred years behind the West and that they had to catch up as quickly as possible This is where the idea of his Five Year Plan came about The five-year plan basically got the people involved and motivated them into a modern life From the 5-year plan 25 million farms were produced which were only big enough to feed the families that were harvesting them The more successful peasants were called the Kulaks Along with the five-year plan Stalin launched a campaign for the collectivization of agriculture where millions of peasants were recognized as part of the civilizationBetween 1934 and 1938 he built up a government and armed forces in which millions of people were imprisoned exiled or shot In 1938 he signed a Non- Aggression Pact with Hitler which bought the Soviet Union two years after the involvement in World War Two After the German invasion in 1941 the USSR became a member of the
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