This essay investigates to what extent Josef Stalin’s personal and political worldviews shape and reflect his application of Communism. By examining the people that surrounded Stalin at a young age, the places where he grew up and went to school, the ideas that he latched on to, and the people and theories he believed in, his basic personality can be determined. Through the investigation of his political career, Stalin’s most fundamental political views can be assessed. All of these figures are significant in discovering in what ways Stalin applied Communism in Soviet Russia.
By looking at a number of instances in Stalin’s personal and political life, as well as the show trials that took place during his rule, the reasoning behind Stalin’s ideologies can be deciphered and analyzed to better understand the history of Communism in Russia as well as the history of Stalin’s rule. This essay aims to analyze the policies Stalin implemented during his rule including the New Economic Policy, purges, and the show trials and relate them to the way he grew up and developed his political and personal views. It discusses Stalin’ personal life as a child, a young adult, a husband, an underestimated Party Member, and finally a ruler. The essay also describes Stalin’s rise to power as well as his political beliefs. To many, Stalin is just another malicious and evil ruler that rose to power because of circumstance and timing. To others, like revisionists, Stalin became the dictator of Soviet Russia through chance, and that he had no real ideals or goals for the State. This essay will be taking a deeper look into the life of Josef Stalin in order to determine what parts of his personality and political character developed his application of Communism. Reuben Abel wrote, “Stories about the dead are inspired by the curiosity of the living. ” These investigations is an attempt to piece together facts about Stalin’s life story and find connections between the way he ruled as a totalitarian dictator and the way he lived.
a. Personal Background
Josef Stalin was born in the country of Georgia in 1878 under the shadow of the Russian Empire, to an abusive alcoholic father, and an idle mother. As he grew older, Stalin turned to a life on the streets and began performing delinquencies. Despite his rough life on the streets, Stalin was sent to Gori Church School in 1888, and later attended seminary in Tiflis. It was there that he learnt to speak Russian, and was introduced to the idea of Communism. After his expulsion from seminary, he joined the Russian Social Democratic Worker’s Party.
Stalin was emotionally stunted due to the lack of love and sympathy during his childhood. It was not hard for him to abuse others the way, or even worse than the way he was abused. He began to perform crimes for the will of the Party, the name of Marx, and for his idol Vladimir Lenin. Also, he married at this time and had a child, but...