Stalin Was More Effective Than Any Other Ruler of Russia in the Periods 1855-1964 in Dealing with Opposition. How Far Do You Agree?

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Stalin was more effective than any other ruler of Russia in the periods 1855-1964 in dealing with opposition. How far do you agree? When looking at how effective the rulers of Russia in the period 1855-1964 were in dealing with opposition, it is clear that Stalin dealt with opposition very effectively. Stalin throughout his time in power didn’t have any real threat from opposition parties as he had effectively alienated any opposition through manipulating and backstabbing. Also his methods of massacring anyone he felt was a threat seemed to be effective in dealing with opposition. By 1939 majority of bishops were killed in Russia and there were only 12 left also 400,000 party members were purged due to his Stalin paranoia of them scheming against him. However to suggest that Stalin was the more effective in dealing with opposition in the period 1855-1964 compared to the other rulers would be wrong. In order to assess this argument we must compare the success of Stalin against opposition to the success of the other against their opposition. By comparing the key events in terms of opposition like the Assassination of Alexander II in 1881, Blood Sunday and the October manifesto in 1905, the February and October revolution in 1917, and how effectively they were dealt with, then we can come to a judgment on the argument. Stalin’s most intense opposition came at the beginning of his quest to becoming ruler to Russia from 1924 to 1929. Before Lenin passed away from his stroke he had left a testament stating that Stalin was dangerous and should be dismissed also he had chosen Trotsky the leader of Red army as his successor. Stalin was given the position of General sectary of the communist party in 1922 which everyone associated as a dull and unimportant Job. However he managed to manipulate the leftists Zinoviev and Kamenev in the politburo into covering up Lenin’s
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