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Explain the stages by which Stalin was able to defeat the right opposition.

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Ashlie Edwards 10.2 Miss Hodkinson History Coursework Explain the stages by which Stalin was able to defeat the right opposition. Prior to 1928, Stalin had defeated his strongest rivals, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev. This left him to bring down his weaker rivals, Bukharin and Rykov, who he had allied with up to now. The left opposition were strong supporters of the New Economic Policy. Trotsky was an idealist, he wanted rapid industrialisation and to pursue the ideas of communism he had studied in school. Stalin disagreed with these ideas, until he successfully removed the left opposition from power. Then he changed his position and decided to support an idea of 'rapid industrialisation' and because he was general secretary of the party, this became the new party policy. ...read more.

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This was not a very good argument because it was just a quick way to persuade the people of Russia to do what he wants them to. Stalin was popular in the party because he held these ideas. His policies of super industrialisation were exciting and patriotic, because it meant the people of Russia would be working together to improve conditions and the economy. However, the party would probably support Stalin whatever he did. Many members were appointed by Stalin himself and were poorly educated. Also because of the information available to them, Stalin was editor of the party newspaper and controlled press censorship. Bukharin, Tomsky, and Rykov, tried to argue, but although they held important positions in the politburo; Stalin's men outnumbered them. ...read more.

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Bukharin was sacked as head of Comintern and was also expelled from the politburo. Rykov was replaced as chairman of Sovnarkom and was expelled from the politburo. They were all stripped of their positions that were held in the communist party. Stalin was now in complete command of the politburo. As well as the rest of the party that meant he could appoint yet more of his men into posts of importance. He also controlled the government, and therefore the country. Stalin's 50th birthday in 1929 was celebrated widely in the USSR, proving his popularity and his status as head of the Soviet Union. To achieve this, Stalin used a lot of propaganda and biased press releases. He did not achieve much of his power honestly, but instead used control over party membership, the party policy, and his control over the media. ...read more.

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