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Why did Stalin, not Trotsky, emerge as Lenins successor?

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Why did Stalin, not Trotsky, emerge as Lenin?s successor? [10] ________________ Two important key contenders were part of the struggle for power after the death of Lenin in 1923. In the end, Stalin emerged as Lenin?s successor and not Trotsky due to several reasons. Firstly, we must understand Stalin?s character and motives that had led him to become leader of the Communist Party. He was described to have a dull job, being appointed the Party?s first General Secretary. However, other Bolsheviks did not acknowledge that Stalin was building up his support behind the scenes over the years. Obviously, this gave Stalin the opportunity to win the Party Congress, for he gained many loyal supporters. His position in the Party also gave him the unique chance to influence job appointments, hence placing more and more of his followers in high positions. ...read more.

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Therefore, people had found Stalin?s policy of ?Socialism In One Country?, more favorable and less extreme than Trotsky?s. Due to Stalin?s ruthless tactics and determination; He was a very smart tactician who played members of the politburo to join forces with him and help Stalin rose to power and defeat Trotsky. The three politburo members consisted of Zinoviev and Kamenev whom were both on the Left Wings of the Party and lastly, Bukharin, a Right Wing member of the Party who was considered the best brains in the Party and who was very closely involved with Lenin. This unification lead Stalin to win the first Party Congress against Trotsky in 1924, but also lead to the resignation of Trotsky as Commissar of War. Lenin?s funeral also gave Stalin an advantage over Trotsky. ...read more.

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This then tells us that Stalin did not want to publish it and make it public because it would have politically damaged his career and efforts to become leader of the Communist Party. Again, Stalin?s tactics to use his opponents also favored him well during the struggle for power. Once he won votes on important issues he had Zinoviev, Kamenev and Bukharin expelled from the Party from 1926-1927 for he felt they too were gaining power. In conclusion, Stalin?s image as Lenin?s discipline and his alliance building gained him more support than the aberrant Trotsky with the people. And politically, his tactics to manipulate his possible opponents worked well to eradicate Trotsky and then dispose of them. But it was also Trotsky?s lack of judgment of Stalin that had cost him his chances of becoming leader of Russia because he did not think that his opponent was ever strong enough to emerge. ...read more.

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