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Joseph Stalin
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Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union for nearly a quarter of a century. His rule is infamous for his use of police terror and the frequent mass murders of his own people.

Biographical Chronicle
A *very* detailed timeline of Stalin's life. (Click on the timeline in the top graphic to get to the various years in the chronicle.)

Biography.com: Biography
A short (five paragraph), simple overview of Stalin's life.

CNN: Biography
A great overview of Stalin's reign as dictator of the Soviet Union but does not include many specific details.

The History Guide: Biography
A very general, easily readable, overview of Stalin's rise and rule as dictator.

J. V. Stalin Internet Library
Over 90 speeches, documents, and writings by Joseph Stalin, organized chronologically, from the collections "On the Opposition" and "Problems of Leninism."

PBS: Biography
A short biography on Stalin which emphasizes that many of Stalin's actions were a result of his own sense of inferiority.

Photo Archive of Joseph Stalin
Sixteen thumbnails of portraits of Stalin. (Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.)

Photographs from the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Eight photographs of Stalin, including one of Stalin with Truman and Churchill at Potsdam, Stalin signing the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, and Stalin with Otto Kuusinen and Minister Molotov.

Photographs from the Stalin Chronicle
Twenty-five full-size photographs, listed in chronological order. (Since there are so many graphics on this page, you might need to wait a few minutes before they all load.)

Questions About Stalin
In simple terms, the BBC answers three questions about Stalin: How did Stalin become the leader of Russia after the death of Lenin? In what ways did Stalin try to change agriculture and industry in the Soviet Union? How did Stalin try to eliminate opposition in the 1930s?

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