How Important Was Stalin's Use of the Lenin Legacy in Gaining Power?

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How important was Stalin’s use of the Lenin legacy in gaining power? Stalin’s use of the Lenin Legacy helped him gain support during the years 1924-1929, eventually resulting in him winning the power struggle and gaining power in Russia. Even though in Lenin’s final testament he made it clear that Stalin was trouble and he should be got rid of, Stalin’s political cunning and his use of the Lenin legacy meant that he was able to gain people’s support and become leader of the Communist party. One of the most noticeable was at Lenin’s funeral. Firstly, Stalin had told Trotsky (who was a major rival to Stalin at this time) the wrong date for Lenin’s funeral. This meant that Stalin was able to praise the work and criticise one of his biggest rivals, Trotsky. Stalin was also able to make a speech at Lenin’s funeral and this gave Stalin the perfect opportunity to get his point across to the public an make his beliefs known. This made Stalin seem like the leading man and Lenin’s preferred successor. By doing this, Stalin increased his popularity and gained support from the whole public, as the whole nation was mourning the death of Lenin, who was a man loved by many in the USSR. Furthermore, Stalin was able to promise that he would lead the USSR forward in the way Lenin intended and continue along the road to Communism. This made him more popular with the public and he was highlighted as Lenin’s natural successor after he died. Stalin’s opponents had fatal weaknesses that led to their own downfall, allowing Stalin to rise up the ranks. There was an early failure by his rivals to rid themselves of Stalin. Underestimating him, they ignored the dying Lenin’s clear contempt for his General Secretary that had grown in the last months of the old leader’s life. By not publishing Lenin’s Testament, his rivals allowed the myth of Stalin as a natural successor to Lenin to
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