Birth of Stalin


Stalin is born in Gori Georgia.

Stalin is expelled from his theological seminary


Stalin is expelled from his theological seminary due to his participation in the revolutionary group Messame Dassy.

Stalin joins the Russian Social Democratic Labor party


Stalin Arrested


Stalin is arrested and exiled to Siberia for his involvement in revolutionary protests.

Stalin meets Lenin


Stalin meets Lenin in Finland and joins the Bolshevik party.

Stalin exiled for life


Stalin is exiled for life beaucse of his revolutionary acts.

Stalin released from exile


Stalin is released from Siberia due to the change in government.

Trotsky joins the Bolshevik Party


Trotsky joins the Bolshevik Party after "turning his back" on Menshevism.

Stalin arrives in Tsaritsyn

June 6, 1918

Stalin's arrival and subsequent defense of Tsaritsyn proved his "iron will," displaying both his qualities as a superior military strategist and an effective political leader. Holding Tsaritsyn prevented the White army troops from breaking through to Moscow.

Five year plan by Stalin is introduced


Guideline for rapid industrialisation in Soviet Union which allowed Stalin to gain total control.

Zinoviev, Kamenev, and Trotsky are expelled from the party

November 12, 1927

Stalin gains total control of the Communist Party.

Trotsky gets kicked out of the Soviet Union


Stalin removes his biggest opposition and gains supreme power.

A.I. Rykov and M.P. Tomsky denounce themselves

November, 1929

Stalin serves up the right opposition and by removing the leaders when he forced them to denounce themselves in public, he is able to break down the opponent forces and strengthen Marxism and his ideologies.

Stalin removes Bukhairn from the politburo

November 1929

Stalin removes an opponent against many of his policies. It allows him to have more control over the politburo and enforces policies.

Gulag is officially established

April 30, 1930

The establishment of the Gulag began the forced labor camp systems in the Soviet Union. Stalin was able to prevent major riots or political disruptions.


The Polish–Soviet War

February 1919 - March 1921

The Polish-Soviet War was armed conflict that pitted Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine against the Second Polish Republic and the Ukrainian People's Republic over the control of an area equivalent to today's Ukraine and parts of modern-day Belarus.

Stalin made General Secretary of the Communist Party

April 3 1922

Stalin was appointed the position of General Secretary of the Communist Party on April 3 1922. The position was proposed by Lenin. He was now a member of the Politburo, the Orgburo and the Secretariat, the only leading member of the party to be in all three.

Lenin suffers from first stroke

May 1922

Poor dude.

USSR founded

December 1922

The USSR is founded in December of 1922.

Lenin's second stroke

December 1922

Lenin suffers from a third stroke

March 1923

Zinoviev and Kaminev choose to support Stalin over Trotsky


This ensures Stalin's supremacy in Soviet government, and form a Troika. This leads to Trotsky's departure and eventual demise.

Stalin proposes theory of 'Socialism in One Country'


Stalin's theory was a shift from Karl Marx's idea of global socialism. The theory proposed that the Soviet Union start to strengthen itself internally. This opposed Leon Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution.

Lenin dies.

January 21 1924

Vladimir Lenin dies on January 21due to his poor health. Poor dude.

Stalin opposes the Left Opposition


In 1925, Stalin expressed opposition against the Left Party headed by Leon Trotsky. The two men's ideas of how the Soviet Union should be run differed greatly.

Party Congresses

Xth Russ. Comm. Party Congress

March 8 1921 - March 16 1921

Shocked by Kronstadt Uprising
NEP Introduced
bans party factionalism

II All-Union Congress

26 Jan 1924 - 2 Feb 1924

Stalin's liturgy to Lenin's legacy, presenting himself as Lenin's leading follower.

XIIIth Russ. Comm. Party Congress

23 May 1924 - 31 May 1924

Zinoviev & Kamanev attack Trotsky
Lenin's Testament & Postscript are read
Zinoviev defends Stalin

XVth Conference of Russ Comm Party

27 April 1925 - 29 April 1925

Stalin's 'Socialism in One Country' adopted against T, Z & K's "Permanent Revolution'.

XIVth Party Congress

18 Dec 1925 - 31 Dec 1925

Stalin's views on industrialization adopted
Party renamed Comm P of the Sov Union (CPSU)

XVth Party Congress

2 Dec 1927 - 19 Dec 1927

Confirms T, Z, & K confirmed + 72 others expelled from Party
Collectivization accepted
Five Year Plan (FYP) draft prepared