Although,in my opinion Lenin and Stalin just so happen to be two of the most distinguishedand influential leaders to be a part of the Soviet Union. Stalin ruled foralmost three decades and became the successor of Lenin. While both leaders heldseveral of the same goals and objectives in common they both were leaders ofthe communist party who wanted a communist revolution all over the world. Theywere both known to be ruthless rulers. However, despite all the similaritiesand overlap in ideas and beliefs, there were differences between the twocommunist leaders that held Stalin at the top of the totem pole in my eyes.
Stalinbecame the leader who took Lenin’s achievements to another level. Stalin achievedso much during his reign with the help of Stalin’s obstacles and downfalls,that it is almost impossible whether Lenin could have achieved the same.Stalinfound a balance between knowing when to get along with the people and knowingwhen to draw the line. Lenin could be considered much less of an authoritarianthan Stalin.
Lenin didn’t believe too much in the thought of a death penalty,but supported the idea that the death penalty was only right in very certaincircumstances. While Stalin found himself to be very authoritarian, with noconscience and dealt with problems swiftly and where it was needed. Anotherhuge reason for my choosing of Joseph Stalin was the mere fact that Lenin wasthe head of Soviet government from 1917 to his death in 1924, while Stalinworked under him as a top administrator in the Bolshevik party. Therefore,while under Lenin, Stalin had the ability to sit back and watch the rule of hispeer and adjust to the things he did and did not agree with. While this may notspecifically make you a better leader, it most definitely in my opinion allowyou to see things from a different aspect that most of the time guide you intomaking better choices when history repeats itself as it does and you findyourself in the same situations. Advantages that Stalin took from observing hisonce leader Lenin was to portray himself to the people as an ordinary person. (http://academic.
eb.com/levels/collegiate/article/Joseph-Stalin/108469)Abig impact that Stalin had on his country in my eyes was the completeindustrialization of Russia. Before Russia was in the hands of Stalin, was saidto be one of the worst industrialized countries in the world until 1937, afterless than a decade of his rule as a totalitarian dictator, he had extremelyimpacted Russia’s industrial output to the point where Russia was the secondleader in the world behind the United States of America. While this achievementmay not seem that big of a deal, under Stalin’s leadership, he became anextreme reason for the defeat of Hitler. Inone of the most simple arguments, I believe Stalin used aggression, violence,and force in any way, form, or shape if it meant it would help him maintain hisrule over Russia. Stalin held such a high belief in himself that he didn’t needany outside acceptance from anyone.
Stalin even went as far as completelyeliminating anybody who seemed to be a threat to his power. OnStalin’s rise to power, just like his childhood he was forced to overcomeseveral obstacles. For example, in 1904, Stalin married his first wife EkaterinaSvanidze who died only three years later. Together they left a son by the nameof Jacob who eventually attempted to commit suicide for an unidentified reason.
Stalin continued to call his son a “weakling” because of this. While, to manypeople they would see Stalin as brutal and unloving for the name calling aftera severe situation, I believe that during this time the act of any harmfuldoings to one’s self was looked at as weak and taking an easy way out of yourtroubles. Therefore, if I am trying to see through the lenses of Stalin, he wasso used to overcoming all the bad things that have happened to him, that tryingto kill yourself instead of finding the heart and desire to overcome thesituation made him weak in Stalin’s view and I agree. Growingup Lenin and Stalin had very separate and unique childhoods. While Lenin wasblessed with a more luxurious childhood and parents that went above and beyondfor him, Stalin experienced a very harsh poverty-stricken life. While Stalinexperienced neglection from a drunk father as a child it pushed him to be thebest man possible, in other words, he refused to let his situation sculpt theman he eventually became.Successto me is more than the achievements you conquer when everything is going yourway. Overall success comes from times of failure and overcoming tragedies whenlife isn’t going your way.
Joseph Stalin in my opinion was a more successfulcommunist leader not only because of his political achievements but the life heovercame throughout his childhood and upcoming.