Josif Vissarionovich Djugashvili.
Stalin is an important person in world history because he was the one that killed millions of people in Russia. Josif changed his last name from Djugashvili to Stalin because it meant "man of steel". He became dictator of Russia in 1929 after being appointed Secretary General of the Communist Party in 1922. Stalin didn't like some of the army officers that were part of the Russian army. Stalin changed Russia forever.
Stalin was born as Josif Vissarionovich Djugashvili in Georgia, a region in the Caucasus Mountains in 1879. He was born into a poor family with his father making shoes. He married his first wife named Ekaterina Svanidze in 1904 and had a son named Jacob. She later died of tuberculosis in 1907. In 1918, he married his second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. They had a son named Vasily and a daughter named Svetlana. She committed suicide in 1932.
He died in1953 of a brain hemorrhage.
Stalin had a very bad method of rule/leadership. He began the Five Year Plans in 1928 which harmed the country, but it was good in the long run. In 1934, Stalin began a widespread campaign of arrests also known as The Great Purges. Stalin used these purges to take control of the Soviet society. During this time, the Communist Party falsely accused millions of Soviet citizens of committing crimes against the government. They were arrested the by Stalin's secret police (NKVD). They were arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and shot therefore, millions of people died. The purges finally ended in 1938.
Even thought Stalin did very bad things during his reign in Russia, he did Russia some good. Stalin industrialized Russia by bringing agriculture under government control. The state set all prices and controlled access to farm supply. The Soviet Union...