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With fierce determination to industrialize Russia and promote communism, Joseph V. Stalin is considered one of the most powerful and ruthless rulers in world history.

Now scholars worldwide can read the actual words of this 30-year dictator through UMI®'s comprehensive Works of Joseph V. Stalin.

Available in microfiche and microfilm, this unparalleled collection includes 13 volumes of Stalin's speeches, personal writings, and newspaper articles, as translated from Russian to English.

  • Volumes I and II--cover the years of 1901 to 1913, a period of unrest for the young revolutionary who changed his last name from Dzhugashvili to Stalin, which means "steel." Scholars can read many of Stalin's personal writings from his nine years of exile in Siberia for plotting against Russian emperors and nobility.
  • Volume III--presents information about the preparation for the Great October Socialist Revolution, when Russian revolutionaries overthrew the tsar in 1917. A wide range of newspaper articles from Pravda appear.
  • Volume IV--covers the critical post- revolutionary years of 1917 to 1920. This volume includes Stalin's writings as the head of the new Bolshevik Party, which was renamed the Communist party at the end of World War I. Writings also reveal internal information about the civil war between the Bolshevik Red Army and the anti-Communist White Army.
  • Volumes V, Vl, and VII--cover the years of 1921 to 1925, a time of economic rehabilitation for a land severely scarred by World War I and the Russian Civil War. These volumes shed light on the culmination of the Communist regime.
  • Volumes VIII through XII--cover the years of 1926 to 1929, documenting Stalin's efforts toward socialist industrialization.
  • Volume XIII--deals mainly with Russian agriculture and industrial development. Scholars can review notes about Stalin's Five-Year Plan to build factories, dams, railroads, and roads, and to collectivize small farms.

The Works of Joseph V. Stalin was originally compiled by the Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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