Joseph Stalin Outline

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Alex Kaplun 04/22/12 E12R period: 2 Joseph Stalin: Outline I. Introduction A. Joseph Stalin once said “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic”. By this he meant that once you kill one person the situation will be tragic, but when you kill a million, it doesn’t really matter anymore, it just becomes a number of deaths, or a statistic. B. Originally named Iosif Vissarionovich Djugashvili, Stalin had a straightforward philosophy about most things. He would be very strict about his policies and deal with the competition accordingly. C. Ultimately, a student of history will better understand the famous Russian dictator’s life by examining such important aspects dealing with topics such as education, political agitation and partnerships, revolution, power struggle, persecution of enemies, WWII success, cold war’s stalemate, and death. II. Early Life A. Stalin was born on December 9, 1987 in a Georgian town called Gori. 1. Stalin’s father named Vissarion Ivanovich Djugashvili was a poor, unsuccessful shoemaker and an alcoholic who beat his son without mercy. He died in a brawl when Stalin was 11 yars old. 2. Joseph’s mother, Ekaterina Gheladze Djugashvili was a washerwoman who was desperately trying to support the family. B. The name Stalin meaning “Man of Steel” was derived from Russian word “Сталь” or Steel. 1. He made up that name to improve his image and so that it would sound more Russian because Georgians were not considered true Russians, and on top of that, Djugashvili was definitely not a Russian name III. Bolshevism A. Stalin was secretly supporting the Bolsheviks who were led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. 1. “When the Social Democrats split (1903) into two groups, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, Stalin supported the more radical Bolsheviks and their leader, V. I. Lenin” (Rosenberg)
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