To What Extent Was Stalin’s Rejection of the Nep the Key Reason for His Success in the Power Struggle to Succeed Lenin?

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While Stalin rejecting the NEP was significant, considerable factors led him to succeed in the power struggle such as: the disappearance of Lenin Will, being underestimated by fellow party member and playing them against each other and using his power as General Secretary to deceive and trick his way in to power. To some extent the key reason for him succeeding in the power struggle was due to the fact he was the General Secretary. This gave him control over the appointment of responsibility; he could put his supporters in key positions. He also had control over the party organisation; this meant he could influence the selection of delegate who were sent to the annual party congress where major issues where decided. He could pack the congress with his supporters. Stalin also had control of the party membership allowing him to choose members who were more likely to support him, and get rid of students and solider that were more likely to support Trotsky. Slowly Stalin was beginning to create his power base, undetected he influenced the majority of the party, knew when needed he would get the majority of the votes. Secondly When Trotsky the close friend and likely successor of Lenin was away due to an illness, Stalin tricked him in to not turning up at Lenin funeral, which damaged Trotsky’s reputation combined with the fact he was Jewish and the leader of the red army (grain requisitioning) he was becoming more and more unpopular making him less likely to succeed. Stalin was the pole barer at the funeral and said the main speech setting himself as the person who would carry on Lenin’s work. He had major influence over the party and was becoming more popular with the people of Russia he was closer one more step closer to succeeding in this power struggle. Thirdly Zinoviev and Kamenev urged the committee to not read out Lenin’s Will, if read out it would end
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