The Rise of Stalin Essay

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The Rise of Stalin After Lenin’s death, there was a dispute over the succession between Bukharin, Trotsky, Kamenev and Stalin. Trotsky could end the dispute and took power as the head of the Bolsheviks with Lenin's Testament, whichcriticized the oppositions Trotsky. However, he did not do it, and Stalin, using his position in the Bolshevik Party was able to get his men in high positions and policies through a swing, anion with his opposition to displace others, was able to take power in 1923 and the elimination of his violent Trotsky opposition, using a "ban on faction’ ’In some cases, single-party leaders use a combination of legal and illegal methods to come to power. For Stalin, what he did was entirely legal. He was an elected member of thePolitburo, he was appointed to be General Secretary of the Communist Party and to theOrgburo (Organisational bureau). He had considerable power available to him because he heldhigh office. When he accused his rivals of ‘factionalism’ he was applying a resolution that Leninhad proposed and that had been accepted by the 10th Congress of the Supreme Soviet in 1921. When his rivalswere expelled from the Politburo, they were removed because the majority of the members voted for this.Therefore, Stalin’s action in order to gain power were quiet legal. Bolshevik only since 1917, but a brilliant orator and strategist. He planned the revolutionin October 1917 and led the Red Army to victory in the civil war. Commissar for foreign Affairs and then appointed Commissar for Military and Naval Affairs. On Stalin’s orders, Trotsky was killed by anassassin which was sent by Stalin in Mexico in 1940. When Lenin died on the 21st of January 1924many thought that Trotsky was his natural successor as the leader of the Bolshevik party. However,even prior to Lenin's death, Stalin was building his power base, which ultimately would allow him
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