Sunday, March 1, 2015

Risk Taking Researcher Week 3 - James

The book A day In the life of Ivan Denisovich takes place in a soviet labor camp in the 1950's. Stalin played a major role in these camps and in Russia in general. Stalin was born on the 18 of December 1879 and grew up in modest accommodations. His dad was a cobbler at the time. Stalin went to school but never graduated he spent 15 years as an activist revolutionary movement against the russian monarchy. He was arrested several times and exiled to Siberia. In 1922, he was made general secretary of the comunist party which allowed him to move up in ranks and give him complete power. After Lenin's death in 1924 stalin promoted himself as his political hier and little by little outmanoeuvered his rivals. By the late 1920 Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union

Stalin forced collectivisation of agriculture which killed millions of people while the industrialization of the country was increasing the Soviet Unions economic growth. The Population suffered greatly during the great terror of the 1930's resulting in the execution of thousands and the exile of millions of people to the gulag system of slave labour camps.

Stalin killed everybody in the army that he did not like and this was called purges. But after all of these purges he made the army and despite the warnings Stalin was not prepared for Hitlers attack on the Soviet Union in jun 1941. He still lead his country to victory although the human cost was very large. After world war two the Soviet Union entered the nuclear age and ruled over an empire which included most of eastern Europe. Stalin died of a stroke on 5 of March 1953.


"Joseph Stalin 1879-1953." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

"Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom." Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2015.

"One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.

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