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How did Josef Stalin's childhood affect his future?


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Joseph Stalin was beaten as a child by his drunken father. He also fell ill with small pox when he was six, leaving him with permenant marks on his face and leaving his left arm stiff. This caused him to be saved from the draft into the Russian army in 1916. Other than that, he attended Tiflis Theological Seminary where he discovered Marxist ideas and writings.