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Rise of Stalin

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Introduction

After the death of Lenin, in 1924, the struggle for leadership which ensued was clearly between Trotsky and Stalin. Many underestimated Stalin and would not have though that by 1929, he would be leader of the USSR. This essay will analyse the methods Stalin used in his successful bid for power including his position in the party as general secretary, the mistakes of his opposition, and his opportunistic nature. Mistakes of opposition and opportunity: Largest mistake- not attending funeral. This could also be seen as cunning on Stalins parts- gave wrong date. Lowered popularity. This also increased S. Popularity. He was at the front carrying L's coffin, and had L's body embalmed and displayed as a sign of respect. Also, in his speech spoke of himself as someone who was going to continue with Lenin's ideologies, which made him popular because everyone loved Lenin. ...read more.

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Eventually since Trotsky stood alone in supporting globalising communism, Trotsky was accussed of going against the party and was forced to step down from his position in 1925. Stalin was clever in that he made sure he supported the side that majority of the public supported. There was a split in the party as to what was best to better the economy. Some supported the NEP whereas others saw the NEP as a backwards policy that wasn't in line with communist beliefs and wanted to instead rapidly industrialise. Stalin saw that most of the people were for the NEP , and so supported him. Kamanev and Ziniviev were now against Stalin because opposed the NEP and were now his greatest opposition. They were were easily voted out of the politburo in 1926 because of Stalin's overwhelming support in the party they were on the unpopular side. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this time, near the end of 1929, Stalin was the unopposed leader of the USSR. Once out of the party, Kamanev, Zinoviev and Trotsky joined to form the United Opposition. However this opposition to Stalin was very temporary because they were expelled from the USSR. Stalin was then able to dispatch his final opposition of Bukarin, Tomsky and Rykov by turning against the NEP and using his support to outvote the three men. At this time, near the end of 1929, Stalin was the unopposed leader of the USSR. Historians have different views on what it was that allowed Stalin to come to power. Liberal believe the mistakes of his opposition enabled him...Structuralists believe that it was stalins position in the party and his ability to garner support that was key in attaining power. In conclusion, Stalin used opportunism, ability to take advantage of other peoples mistakes, and his position in the party to because leader of the USSR. ...read more.

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