is he the greatest leader of all time?
>defeated nazi germany, arguably the most advanced and powerful single military force in the world in all of history at the time, with almost no foreign support
>with the help of leninist policies grew the soviet union into a powerhouse, one of the few places to experience growth in the great depression
>managed to hold ground and prevent a war with the axis powers
>purged counter revolutionaries and reactionaries and set out to destroy bourgeois policies and actions
>the red army choir
>horribly inefficient gulag system
>killed any hope of further development of Leninist theory
>atrocious foreign policy
Hardly the best of all time, but neither as bad as some claim. He stands on firmly on the totally ok of dictators. Sun Yat-Seen and FDR was honestly much better.
>fdr was a dictator
youre wro... ok maybe youre right
does that make him the first (possibly socialist) dictator who violated the constitution of his country and is beoved by people then as he is now?
Ah sorry, didn't mean to imply FDR was a dictator (never needed to be considering his popularity), just better leader.
And no, not socialist at all, he just foresaw Keynesian economics and Bretton Woods.
>defeated nazi germany... with almost no foreign support
Neither then does fighting the germans for 2 years before Germany invaded Russia, royally fucking up their supply lines, taking North Africa from them and keeping them fighting a two front war.
Stalin's not great but I could agree to meet you halfway. Lenin wasn't great either and Stalin coming into power didn't derail a utopia in the making either. Stalin was a paranoid and close-minded leader but he held the country together during some awful times and came out on top. It wasn't a single-handed effort but nobody can deny he would have played some role in the allied victory in WW2.
If distance traveled is a valid measure of effort does that make the ANZAC's the greatest contributors to allied victory? Australia and New Zealand went up through the Pacific as well as all the way to Northern Africa and Europe. Beat that.
While your picture is amusing you should note that he had a huge amount of help from the endless amount of advisors, industralists, and generals he had at his disposal.
You're whole argument revolves around the great man fallacy.
Note it's a lot easier to travel over seas than land
More fuel is burnt driving to the shops to get a cheap chinese tv, than is spent moving it halfway across the world in a ship
Also the number of troops involved
>with almost no foreign support
Also Stalin failed in every way possible to establish a lasting and stable infrastructure.
The sovjet union won the war DESPITE Stalin, not thanks to him. If he didn't shoot his generals before the war or didn't kill so many competent) people, ore interfered with his generals the war would have cost just a couple of milion lives and not 20 million.