Stalin

The History Press
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Stalin was one of the most rulthless and authoritarian dictators in world history. This concise title presents Lenin's heir from his beginnings for priesthood to General Secretary of the Communist Party.
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Publisher
The History Press
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Published on
Nov 8, 2011
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780752474908
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Military
Biography & Autobiography / Political
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