Stalin's Revolution: Week Three

22 Jan 2018

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Mark Albertson presented the third lecture in his Stalin’s Revolution series.

Join us for a lecture on Joseph Stalin, a man who left many legacies, but one of the most defining was that he took a nation from a backward peasant economy to an atomic bomb in 21 years.

Week 3: Stalin’s Revolution

In 1927 Stalin began his program of collectivization of the peasantry in an effort to mold the Soviet Union in his image followed, in turn, by his forced industrialization of the nation. He was preparing Mother Russia for the continuation of the 1914-1918 conflict and would purge the Party of many of the old-line Bolsheviks with his merciless use of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, the Narodnyi Kommissariat Vnutrennikh or NKVD, forerunner of the KGB. Stalin’s employment of State Capitalism and draconian discipline would result in his becoming a totalitarian ruler.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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