Explain Why Stalin Defeated His Opponents on the Left of the Parties.

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In Stalin’s struggle to becoming leader of Russia he had many things to overcome. One of Stalin’s main threats was the left side of the party. Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev were the main threats from the lefts side of the party. So Stalin had to eliminate their threat quickly. One of the ways how Stalin defeated the left side of the party was to make an alliance with Bukharin. This ended with Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev losing their power bases. This gave Stalin a lot more power and meant there was no real threat left. I know from my own knowledge that Trotsky formed the alliance with Zinoviev and Kamenev because Stalin was a big threat. Stalin was more popular because of Trotsky’s “political paralysis” he couldn’t be a good public speaker. This links to my next point because they both result in Stalin’s getting more power. Stalin made an alliance with Zinoviev and Kamenev to form the triumvirate. The triumvirate’s main aim was to defeat Trotsky. Trotsky advocated a permanent revolution with Stalin didn’t want. Stalin viewed Trotsky’s ideas as a direct attack on him so he attacked swiftly. This resulted in Trotsky getting kicked out of the Bolshevik party because of his left wing views. This links into my next point in how Stalin became the favourite to replace Lenin and defeated the rest of the candidates. Luck played a big part into how Stalin defeated the left side of the party. Because of Trotsky’s illness he often missed political conventions meaning the he couldn’t get his view across to the general public. This meant that Stalin was a lot more popular than Trotsky. Also the fact that Lenin’s testament wasn’t published played a part in Stalin’s success. In his testament he heavily criticized Stalin; if it was published then it would have damaged Stalin’s popularity. After reviewing the debate surrounding the issue of how Stalin defeated his
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