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Analyse the methods used and the conditions which helped in the rise of a single party state

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Analyse the methods used and the conditions which helped in the rise of a ruler of a single party state After the October Revolution in 1917, Lenin showed completely as the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics� leader, even though he didn�t have a specific title as the leader. When he began to have his strokes, it was imminent the USSR would have a new leader, and so the struggle for power between the Party leaders began. This struggle between six men involved a lot of tactics and time. Since Lenin�s death in 1924 until 1929, Stalin succeeded to defeat all of his opponents and be named Lenin�s successor. There were a lot of things he did to get of these people, but also the circumstances of the time helped him climb the power ladder. The way he acted and thought since the beginning can be summarised in his own words "we have internal enemies. We have external enemies. These comrades must not be forgotten for a single moment."1 Before Lenin�s death, there were several disagreements in the party, which in a certain way influenced each side�s strong leaders, and will be used by them to struggle for power. In 1918, some Left wing party members opposed the treaty of Brest-Litovsk, like Bukharin. ...read more.


It was amazing how the party grew each time; by 1933 the population of the party was about more than 3.5 millions. But basically what this meant was that the party each time was getting bigger but with more inexperienced and poorly educated people. It was the perfect thing for Stalin, as it was like almost all these people owed him loyalty as he was the one who appointed them to those jobs. The Leninists were "malleable recruits", they knew that they were able to maintain all the privileges if they followed what they were told, which meant a bigger support for Stalin. This positioned him with the honour of placing strategically people who supported him on different branches of the party. It made easier for him to force his opponents into factionalism and expelled them from the party, including their supporters, or if not to put into implementation his own ideas. Situation was getting worst. Now that Stalin had almost complete control of the most important branches of the government, for not saying all of them, it was easier to destroy and defeat his biggest opposition, Trotsky, the first target. It wasn�t very difficult as Stalin had induced a series of tactics which allowed him to do so. ...read more.


Stalin was now the great dominant figure of the country, he managed to defeat all his opposition. Overall, it can be said that for Stalin to get into power a lot of things must be taken into account. It was not all due to the tactics Stalin applied to all his opponents and the party, but also because he knew how to take advantage of all the opportunities he was given. For example, probably the thing that help him the most, was to denounce all his opposition as factionalists, who enabled him, one by one expel them from the party and the country. But at the same time, Stalin knew and found the way in which he seemed to be the good one, so all of the other attacked themselves, while he climbed into power, also finding how his intentions couldn�t be seen. It was the combination of destiny and ideas the ones who led him by the route of the supreme power of the USSR. 1 STALIN Josef, 1928. Russia 1855-1991 from Tsars to Commissars. Pg 157 2 STALIN Josef, 1924. Russia 1855-1991 from Tsars to Commissars. Pg 146. 3 TROTSKY Leon. To the Central Committee, in 1923. Russia 1855-1991 from Tsars to Commissars 1855-1991. Pg 147. 4 TROTSKY Leon. Source 20. From Tsars to Commissars 1855-1991. Pg 156. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ana Maria Jaramillo Castillo ...read more.

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