Joseph Stalin used the tactics of terror by having anyone killed that opposed him in order to dominate the Soviet Union. Beginning in the late 1920s, Stalin planned to change the Soviet Union drastically using several 5-year plans, with the intention of bringing greater government control over the economy.
In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin created the Great Purge, which were campaigns intended to get rid of the Communist Party and anyone else he viewed as a threat. Throughout his rule, Stalin continued with his purges, executions and labor camps. Joseph Stalin gave permission to Kim Il Sung in 1950 to invade the United States, which triggered the Korean War. Stalin died at the age of 74 in 1953 after having a stroke.