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The Outcome of the power struggle owes more to the weakness of Trotsky than the skill of Stalin. How far do you agree?

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Sunday 25th November 2012 ?The Outcome of the power struggle owes more to the weakness of Trotsky than the skill of Stalin.? How far do you agree? I do not agree with this statement as Stalin?s sheer skill and manipulation meant he essentially managed to wipe out the opposition, in particular Trotsky, which inevitably led to his success. Although it can be seen that Trotsky?s numerous errors and fixed reputation for being lazy and arrogant led to the outcome of the power struggle, his results could have not possibly justified the success over the other candidates. Therefore, the weaknesses of Trotsky alone would not have been enough and the outcome of the power struggle owed more to the skill of Stalin. Although Trotsky?s errors and negative reputation aided Stalin to succeed, without Stalin?s manipulation and his ability to make the best of them, Trotsky?s faults would not alone have guaranteed him success. ...read more.

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In addition to Trotsky?s weaknesses, he also had great strength in many other fields such as extraordinary organizational skills. It was therefore Stalin?s manipulation of the weaknesses Trotsky did have which led to the outcome of the power struggle Despite the fact that Trotsky was a Jewish intellectual and distrusted by ordinary Russians, he also had a highly regarded past. His extraordinary organizational skills meant he was the key figure in the October 1917 revolution and he also had an oratorical flair completely lacked by Stalin. Furthermore, Stalin was a non-Russian and dull public speaker which may have distanced him form the public. However, Stalin was able to use his skills such as his hard and ruthless work ethic, as well as his thirst for power to compensate. He was good at cultivating a ?strong, silent? public perception of himself which also meant he gained support from the proletarian. ...read more.

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By doing this he managed to persuade his other colleagues to dismiss and disgrace them. Stalin was the wily plodding ?tortoise? who overtook brilliant but erratic ?hares? such as Trotsky by using their own errors against them. Therefore it was no the weakness of Trotsky but the way in which Stalin used them to his own advantage which led to the outcome of the power struggle. In conclusion, I do not agree with the statement as it was not Trotsky?s weaknesses but the way in which Stalin cunningly used them to his own advantage that resulted in Stalin?s success.. Although it can be seen that Trotsky?s numerous errors and fixed reputation for being lazy and arrogant led to the outcome of the power struggle, his results could have not possibly justified the success over the other candidates. Therefore, the weaknesses of Trotsky alone would not have been enough and the outcome of the power struggle owed more to the skill of Stalin. ...read more.

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