Joseph Stalin was born in December 1878 to a Georgian family and served as the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union between 1922 and 1952. After the war, Russia experienced a kind of personality cult, with Stalin being heralded as father of the people. Views of his early comrades, such as that of Trotsky that promoted the idea that Stalin was a mediocrity were still being suppressed in the Soviet Union. Generally, Stalin “the Military Leader” is emphasized more than Stalin “the Communist”. In contrast, in the West, Stalin, as well as the Soviet Union in general, is not seen favourably.