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Josef -||- The lure of the Bolsheviks -||- the Bolshevik Years -||- Lenin's Death -||- Party Politics- Left vs. Right -||- Stalin & Stalinism -||- World War II

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World War II

The 'tightening grip' of Hitler put fear into Europe.  Stalin and Hitler were at first, allied in a 'marriage of convenience'.  Eventually, Hitler would invade Russia to bring his plans of using Russia as a place for Germans into place. 

Stalin at first did not believe Hitler's betrayal, and found himself on the side of the 'capitalists'- France and Britain against Hitler in World War II.

At the crucial battle of Stalingrad, a technologically and militarily inferior Russia defeated Germany, increasing morale and spelling hope for the allies.