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Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili was an unkown man in the small town of Gori, Georgia. After years of revoulutionary activity and many times exiled to Siberia, he changed his name. A name that would threaten the Germans, ally with the Americans, and help the North Koreans. A name that came from the Russian word for steel, Joseph Stalin (Nash 2836). Joseph Stalin was born on 21 December 1877 to Ekaterina Georgievna and Vissarion Ivanovitch Dzhugashvili (Block 790). Vissarion, Stalinís …

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…country into another. The number of people that died in his purges is unkown but some estimate around 70 million (Nash 2837). Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili was truly a man of steel. Works Cited Beach, John B.; Stalin:The Rise of the Beast;; 1997 Block, Mazine; Current Biography 1942; The H.W. Wilson Company; 1987 Marrin, Albert; The World Book Encyclopedia; Field Interprises, Inc. 1995; ed 18 Nash, Jay Robert; Encyclopedia of World Crime; Crime Books Inc.; 1990