This was in fact the era of World War II, and it had hastened to approach Soviets Borders. With rise of Hitlers power Stalin contemplated making an alliance with Britain and France; however, in 1939, Stalin signed the Nazi-Soviet pact, in an attempt to avoid the war all together. The pact enunciated that the two dictators would never attack one another, and rewarded Stalin with the ability to take over the Baltic Sea and Eastern Poland, and prosecute a war in Finland. In a outright defiance of their pact Hitler ordered the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Initially, the Fascists dash to the Volga left the Red Army in shambles, but upon their arrival at Stalingrad with in 1942 and 1943, the Red army had managed to bolster up some strength to repel the evil Nazi insurgents from the city. As winter struck the Reds began their assault pushing back on the Nazi advancement (winter played a significant role in the Soviet's victory, due to their experience in the snow compared to the Nazi's). In April 1945, the Red Army had reached Berlin, it was here that the Soviets besieged the city and rose their flag atop the Reichstag, ending the war and securing a great victory for the USSR.
In the climactic end of the war, he used his Red Army to enforce the Communist rule of his country throughout Eastern Europe. This determination for domination in Europe was not new; During the war he made inflexible demands of his allies Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Theodore Roosevelt. Meanwhile, Stalin to assure his power was still absolute, launched another wave of repression throughout the Soviet Union. Stalin, wanted to be a greater super power than United States, so he commenced in spying and research to develop atomic weapons. Finally, in 1949, Soviet scientists detonated an atomic bomb, placing the USSR in nuclear and superiority parity with the United States. This would begin an era in which the Soviets and the Americans would compete for world superiority. Hidden grudges from war time, and hate for the communistic government would show their many faces in this period and create a deep enmity between these two power hungry forces. The age is known as both the Cold War, and more correctly named The Red Scare.
In Stalin's last years alive, he did not rest from his dangerous and cynical ways. In 1950 he permitted, Kim Il Sung of North Korea to commence the Korean War. He also launched a new series of attacks, this time following in Hitler's footsteps, by prosecuting Jews. It is believed he was contemplating furthering antisemitism and planning yet another elimination of his comrades in the Party. Alas, on March 5, 1953 Joseph Stalin died. His legacy of terror and deceit had come to an anticlimactic end; he did not die in battle, nor was he murdered or overthrown. The Red leader had just laid down and died, leaving nothing, not a testament, nor a plan for the USSR's future. Just a corrupt government to be fixed by his predecessors.
Article Wrap Up
It is true that Joseph Stalin is an infamous part of our history, but history does not always provide a complete manifesto of truths. Stalin, in character, began not as a tyrannical dictator, but as a boy with dreams, hopes, and a future. He had no intentions during his years at the Seminary that he would be killing innocent people for the beliefs that he had followed. Even as he worked on the underground as a professional revolutionist, his motives weren't set on absolute power. He is similar to the downfall of Socialism . Marxism was meant to be a utopia, not a dictator-run house of terrors; however, power consumed it, as it did him. This power is not to be reckoned with, for it is the cause of all corruption; this power is absolute power. It is this corrupted Stalin that we remember today . not the little, pious Iosif of the past. It is this corruption that has been warned about in the novels of George Orwell: 1984 and Animal Farm. The theme of Animal Farm is my summary to the life of Stalin, the rise and fall of Marxism, and the deep corruption that is inside us all: "Power corrupts, but Absolute power corrupts absolutely."