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Of all the causes that influenced Stalins rise to power such as historical circumstance, his own political skills/competence as a leader, it was the elimination of opposition that was most significant.

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Stalin's Ascension to Power Evaluate Stalin's Rise to power: Of all the causes that influenced Stalin's rise to power such as historical circumstance, his own political skills/competence as a leader, it was the elimination of opposition that was most significant. Without eliminating his opposition Stalin could not have risen to power. Stalin was in no position to simply size power for he faced significant opposition, Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev as well as the Right wing party members all served as obstructions for Stalin to assume leadership over Russia. So ultimately, to truly ensure his rise to power his opposition would have to be eliminated which was done quite effectively. Stalin was able to use his position as a general secretary to deal with opposition, placing his rivals or those who couldn't be trusted in distant post and or preventing them from getting promoted and thus more powerful. Stalin effectively eliminated the left wing opposition, discrediting the ideological views of Kamenev, Zinoviev and Trotsky, isolating them and eventually had them rejected from the Central committee. Stalin also despite allying himself with the right wing eliminated them as well particularly key figures such as Bukari accusing them of the same ...read more.

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Stalin understood the historical circumstances of Russia at the time understanding that the Russians had just gone through a civil war and consequently wanted domestic change at this point so he appealed to his people with economic reforms such as collectivism and more tentative international affairs. This made him more prominent in the eyes of the Russians and at the same time eliminated his opposition such as Trotsky who focused on spreading communism to the west; since the Russians as a result disregarded Trotsky and supported Stalin and his domestic policies. Stalin was a highly opportunistic leader who manipulated his cunning tactics to achieve leadership. When Lenin died, Stalin basically inaugurated a huge funeral, where millions of Russians were there to pay tribute to their dead leader. Guess whose face those millions of people saw? Stalin played a huge role there, giving a giant eulogy. Trotsky wasn't even there in the funueral, he was tricked by Stalin who gave him the wrong date. Stalin put Trotsky up in a moselem, and made a personality cult out of lenin, cause he knew how much people loved him. ...read more.

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Stalin introduced the Great Fear, resulting in many fearing to oppose him in fear of death or any other loss, leading to the elimination of much of Stalin's opposition. Stalin was responsible for the great purges, the systematic killing and elimination of those he did not trust and were considered his opposition. Stalin submitted the country to an intensive campaign of eliminating "enemies of the state, which were often labeled as his opposition. There were many reasons why Stalin rose to power. He benefited from historical circumstance and was very much so a competent and effective leader. But the most significant cause to his rise to power was eliminating his opposition. This is because Stalin faced many contenders who made it impossible for him to come to power, other causes were less significant and were simply used in conjunction to eliminate his opposition and rise to power and such a cause was so significant to his rise it was inevitably reflected in his maintaining of power. So ultimately, this is why eliminating his opposition was so significant. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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